Actress Michelle Williams' father has won the right not to be extradited from Australia to the US on tax evasion charges.
LARRY WILLIAMS, 64 - a resident of the Virgin Islands - was arrested in Sydney in May (07), accused by America's IRS (Internal Revenue Service) of avoiding paying more than $1.5 million (GBP769,200) in tax between 1999 and 2001.
After losing an initial battle to avoid an extradition hearing last year (06), Williams today (22MAR07) convinced a full bench of the Federal Court in Sydney that the notice issued authorising a magistrate to rule on his extradition was invalid.
Williams has been on AUS$1 million ($800,000/GBP450,000) bail since his arrest. Government lawyers are today expected to seek to keep him on bail while they consider appealing the ruling.