Briton loses extradition fight over Paris murder

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A British businessman arrested over the death of his girlfriend in a Paris hotel room last year lost his fight Wednesday against a bid to extradite him to France to stand trial for murder.

Ian Griffin, 41, from Cheshire in northwest England, is wanted for the death of his Polish-born French girlfriend Kinga Legg, 36, whose body was found in May at the five-star Hotel Bristol, in the French capital.

A High Court judge rejected Griffin's appeal against extradition to France, but also warned that the "utmost care" should be taken to ensure that the suspect did not try to kill himself during his removal from Britain.

"I dismiss the claim and the appeal," Judge Andrew Collins said in a written ruling.

"I would only add... that all medical records should be passed to the French authorities who are to take him into their care and the utmost care should be taken to ensure that he does not attempt serious self-harm or suicide in the course of his extradition."

© 2011 AFP

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