Briton facing death penalty fights extradition

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22 November 2004, MADRID - A British man facing extradition from Spain for eight murders in the US says he is the victim of mistaken identity.

22 November 2004

MADRID - A British man facing extradition from Spain for eight murders in the US says he is the victim of mistaken identity.

Mark Ross, 46, formerly of Poole in Dorset, could face the death penalty in Florida unless he proves his story.

The British Fair Trials Abroad group is appealing for anyone who knows of Ross or his family to come forward.

It is thought to be a Canadian also called Mark Ross who is wanted for the killings. The pair share the same birthday and have similar middle names.

The British Ross has the middle name Merteith while his Canadian namesake - a motorbike gang leader - has the name Monteith.

Both were born on 25 November, 1957.

Stephen Jakobi, director of Fair Trials Abroad, said that Ross deserves help with his appeal.

He said: "One is always concerned about American identity cases. We have had some nasty cases of mistaken identity in the past.

"We are concerned enough about this case to support an investigation and an appeal for anyone to come forward.

"All I can say is that if no-one remembers him, well there you have it."

Ross says he spent his early childhood in Poole and was born in Poole Hospital.

His family is said to have lived in accommodation at the hospital and his father may have been a doctor.

Both parents are dead and he does not have any living relatives.

Ross says he has spent his life travelling across the world.

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Subject: Spanish news

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