Warsaw allows extradition of 'mp3 killer'
25 July 2006, BRUSSELS — The suspected killer of teenager Joe Van Holsbeeck at Brussels Central station in April will be extradited from Poland to Belgium.
25 July 2006
BRUSSELS — The suspected killer of teenager Joe Van Holsbeeck at Brussels Central station in April will be extradited from Poland to Belgium.
The Warsaw Court of Appeals gave the green light to the extradition of the 17-year-old Adam G. on Tuesday.
Defence lawyers had opposed their client's extradition to Belgium, claiming that the Belgian judiciary had made a procedural error.
The Belgian public prosecution office had applied for G.'s extradition based on the European arrest warrant.
Defence lawyers claimed the European arrest warrant can only be applied to adults.
The Polish Supreme Court therefore refused to make a decision on the case last Thursday, referring the extradition request back to the Warsaw Court of Appeals.
The Warsaw court has now ruled in favour of the extradition.
The suspected killer of Van Holsbeeck has been in remand custody since his arrest on 27 April.
He is accused of stabbing the 17-year-old five times in a robbery at Brussels Central station on 12 April.
G.'s suspected accomplice, a 16-year-old Polish male who was living illegally in Belgium, was arrested in Belgium on 24 April.
Some 80,000 people marched through Brussels on 23 April in protest against senseless violence in the wake of the brutal stabbing murder.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news