A former Catholic monk faces extradition from Australia amid claims of abuse at a Highland school.

Former students of the Fort Augustus Abbey boarding school in Inverness-shire, which closed in 1993, allege they were molested and beaten by staff over a number of decades.

A BBC investigation in 2013 identified Denis Alexander, now resident in Australia, as one of the accused.

A police investigation was launched and prosecutors said today that charges will be brought against him.

A Crown Office spokesman said: "Crown Counsel have instructed proceedings against Denis Alexander.

"Charges are being finalised with a view to seeking his extradition."

The decision on whether to grant any extradition request lies with the Australian attorney general.

The BBC contacted Mr Alexander in Sydney and he denied the allegations by former Fort Augustus Abbey pupils.