Decision due over extradition of Albanian double murderer


A judge is set to decide whether an Albanian double murderer living in the UK should be extradited.

Avni Metra is wanted in his native country where he has been sentenced to 25 years in prison in his absence for two brutal murders. 

The 53-year-old, who is entitled to a retrial on the murder convictions which were given in his absence, said he would not get a fair trial.

Speaking through an interpreter he told Westminster Magistrates' Court last week: "There is no justice in Albania. There is only corruption."

The father-of-four has also claimed he should be allowed to stay in the UK because of his family, but Hannah Hinton, representing the Albanian government, told the court Metra had little contact with his children owing to a court order.

Ms Hinton said: "He may wish to have contact with them but he is having no substantive contact with them here. He is not their carer, he is not an active parent to the four children."

Metra will learn whether he is to be extradited at Westminster Magistrates' Court today.