A NSW magistrate has approved the extradition of a convicted Victorian rapist who evaded police for more than six weeks.
Christopher Empey, 46, faced Cooma Local Court on Thursday when magistrate Michael Antrum approved his extradition to Victoria.
He was refused bail and is due to appear at a Victorian court on Friday.
Empey was arrested at a remote camping spot in Kosciuszko National Park on Wednesday, ending more than six weeks on the run from police.
He allegedly shed his tracking bracelet and fled Victoria in November to avoid strict supervision conditions that come with being a registered sex offender and was spotted at Nowra on the NSW south coast in December.
Empey was convicted of a violent rape in 2002, was released on parole in 2015 and was set to be placed on the Victorian sex offender register for 15 years when he disappeared.
Australian Associated Press