LONDON: Fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, arrested by Scotland Yard on behalf of the Indian authorities, will be held at a prison in south-west London considered one of England’s most overcrowded jails.
The 48-year-old, who appeared in the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on Wednesday in a sombre white shirt and trousers, was taken to Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) Wandsworth after he was remanded in custody until March 29 by District Judge Marie Mallon.
While in custody and until the first hearing in his extradition case next week, Modi is likely to be held in a separate cell but may also have to share a cell with other prisoners given the overcrowding pressures.
Modi, who was living in a plush apartment in Centre Point in the West End until his arrest on Tuesday, was sent to prison on the eve of Holi.
In the prison in south London, Modi’s inmates will include the likes of alleged Dawood henchman Pakistani-origin Jabir Moti, currently undergoing extradition proceedings to the US.
HMP Wandsworth is classed as a Category B prison, where criminals are held if not deemed to be of a high level of security risk. (AGENCIES)