Suspect okays extradition, denies Perugia murder
22 November 2007, Koblenz - An Ivory-Coast-born man in police custody in Germany has agreed to be extradited to Perugia, Italy, but denied Wednesday he had murdered British exchange student Meredith Kercher.
22 November 2007
Koblenz - An Ivory-Coast-born man in police custody in Germany has agreed to be extradited to Perugia, Italy, but denied Wednesday he had murdered British exchange student Meredith Kercher.
Prosecutor Karl-Rudolf Winkler said after a hearing closed to the media that the man, who has told police he is 20, had volunteered the denial. Italian police allege he had a role in the November 1 sex killing.
Italian news agency Adnkronos had earlier identified him as Rudy Hermann Guede, 21, an Italian citizen. He was picked up by chance by police on Tuesday for fare-dodging on a suburban train near the German city of Mainz.
He appeared in court in the city of Koblenz.
Although the suspect did not oppose extradition, the prosecutor's application to hold him in pre-extradition custody must still be approved by the superior court of Rhineland Palatinate state.
The Koblenz prosecutor can then decide if and when the suspect should be conveyed to Italy. German authorities must first check whether he is wanted for any crime in Germany.
"We are trying to deal with this as quickly as possible," said Winkler, predicting that Perugia police would come to Germany to pick up the suspect.
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 an American 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