Germany extradites suspected killer to Poland

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24 May 2005, WARSAW - Germany on Tuesday extradited to Poland a man suspected of multiple homicides, including the dramatic 1998 murder of Poland's ex-chief of police Marek Papala, the Polish PAP news agency reported.

24 May 2005

WARSAW - Germany on Tuesday extradited to Poland a man suspected of multiple homicides, including the dramatic 1998 murder of Poland's ex-chief of police Marek Papala, the Polish PAP news agency reported.

Ryszard Niemczyk was also allegedly a party to the spectacular 1999 killing of Andrzej Kolikowski, a Polish crime baron known as 'Pershing' who was believed to have been the kingpin of Poland's formerly notorious Pruszkow mafia.

A key suspect in both deaths, Niemczyk escaped from police custody in a medium security Polish prison five years ago. He was detained in Germany by police in late April for alleged criminal activity.

Papala was gunned-down by a lone assassin in a parking lot near his Warsaw home on the night of 25 June 1998. The police general had been expected to take up a post as a high-ranking police liaison official in European structures in Brussels.

Polish justice officials suspect a US-based Polish businessman ordered the murder and that Niemczyk was a party to the execution.

In Poland Niemczyk faces more than a dozen separate charges for serious crimes.

DPA

Subject: German news

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