Guede extradition delayed by missing Italian document
23 November 2007, Koblenz - The extradition to Perugia of a suspect in the Meredith Kercher sex murder case is being held up because a formal document needed from Italy is missing, a German prosecutor said Friday.
23 November 2007
Koblenz - The extradition to Perugia of a suspect in the Meredith Kercher sex murder case is being held up because a formal document needed from Italy is missing, a German prosecutor said Friday.
A superior court has remanded Rudy Hermann Guede, 20, into pre- extradition custody, three days after he was picked up for fare dodging on a suburban train near the western German city of Mainz. He has agreed to be extradited to Italy.
But German authorities are demanding an assurance that he will not receive any punishment that would breach German rights law.
Prosecutor Karl-Rudolf Winkler said, "Germany requires a declaration from the Italian authorities that if he is sentenced to life imprisonment, he would be examined within 20 years for parole."
The Italian authorities have sent copies of key documents to Germany and some have been translated into German, but the declaration that parole would later be possible is still needed.
Winkler said the speed of progress now depended on the Italian authorities, who had been told what was required, but had not yet answered.
"We will ask them specifically once again today to provide this information immediately," he said.
The prosecutors decide if and when a suspect can be extradited, once the judges commit him to pre-extradition custody.
The order by the state superior court of Rhineland-Palatinate state, published Friday, a day after being signed off by the judges, does not name Guede but describes him as an Ivory Coast national.
It said the Italian charge against him was "together with one other accused using violence to force a British citizen to have sex on November 2 in Perugia, Italy and after that killing her with several stabs in the throat."
The order said the judges were satisfied there were grounds for a "provisional remand into pre-extradition custody," given that the accused might seek to flee if he were bailed.
Kercher, 21, from London, was found half-naked with her throat slit in a shared apartment. The mystery of how she died has attracted huge media attention in both Britain and Italy.
Perugia police are also holding a US woman, Amanda Knox, who was Kercher's flatmate, and her Italian boyfriend, Rafaelle Sollecito, on suspicion of a role in the killing.
Subject: German news