Briton faces extradition over Paris hotel death

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Ian Griffin is facing extradition charges after his girlfriend was found dead a cross-channel manhunt is still underway.

London – A British businessman who triggered a cross-Channel manhunt after his girlfriend was found dead in a top Paris hotel faces extradition proceedings, police said Tuesday.

Ian Griffin, 39, has been arrested under extradition legislation and will appear in court within 48 hours, said a spokeswoman for Cheshire Police in northwest England.

British and French police launched a manhunt for Griffin after the body of his Polish-born French girlfriend Kinga Legg, 36, was found last week at the five-star Hotel Bristol, in the French capital.

The hunt moved to Britain when Griffin's Porsche 911 car was found in his hometown of Warrington, northwest England, while he was also spotted in Surrey, south of London.

"He is due to appear before City of Westminster Magistrates' Court, Horseferry Road, London, within the next 48 hours where extradition proceedings will commence," said the police spokeswoman.

"The primacy for this investigation lies solely with the French authorities... Cheshire Police will continue to lead the UK forces in the co-ordination of enquiries in the United Kingdom at this time," she added.

Griffin built up businesses including tanning salons, while his girlfriend ran a company which supplied tomatoes to British supermarkets.

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