The former BBC TV quiz show panelist, whose real name is Joseph Connagh, could face extradition to the Netherlands due to allegations of murder, manslaughter and assault more than 20 years ago.
He appeared in court just 24 hours after being detained at Heathrow airport on a European arrest warrant. He was later released on bail to appear on November 28 for an extradition hearing.
He confessed in his autobiography that he punched a homeless man who tried to rob him at knife point, pushing him into the Amsterdam canals in 1988. “He caught me on the wrong day and I just snapped… I fully suspect I killed him. I’ve no idea what happened to him,” wrote De Mooi when he described the events.
The Prosecutor’s Office in Amsterdam have said that they would like to quiz De Mooi about the claims as there are several unresolved deaths from 1988, including bodies found in the canals.