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Albanian murderer who posed as Kosovan asylum seeker to be extradited


Avni Metra told Westminster Magistrates' Court there was "no justice in Albania"

Avni Metra told Westminster Magistrates' Court there was "no justice in Albania"

Avni Metra told Westminster Magistrates' Court there was "no justice in Albania"

An Albanian double killer who posed as a Kosovan refugee to enter the UK illegally is set to be extradited back to his native country after living here freely for almost two decades.

Father-of-four Avni Metra, 53, came to Britain in 1998, a year after carrying out the brutal murder of two brothers, and was later sentenced to 25 years in prison in his absence.

He fought to stay in the UK despite being entitled to be retried in Albania, arguing that he would not get a fair trial.

He told an earlier extradition hearing: "There is no justice in Albania. There is only corruption."

The labourer, who claimed he had originally fled his native country because his life was in danger after a friend was killed, also argued that he had a right to a private and personal life in the UK.

But district judge Margot Coleman ruled at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on Friday that he could be extradited, saying: "It's right that you have lived here for some time and that you have a wife and children.

"But your living here, your life in this country, is based on a lie.

"When you entered this country you did not say you were Avni Metra from Albania. You gave a false name, saying you were seeking asylum from Kosovo.

"It was on that basis you were given leave to remain in this country and subsequently granted a British passport."

Metra, who was living in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, was arrested by Scotland Yard detectives on June 8 as he drove through Watford, after a tip-off from the Daily Mail.

Metra wore a short-sleeved blue patterned shirt and beige trousers as he stood in the dock for the hearing.

He remained impassive with his arms folded as he was told of the judge's decision.

Metra had used articles six and eight of the European Convention on Human Rights to fight his extradition.

Judge Coleman rejected his challenge that he should not be extradited to Albania on the basis that he would not get a fair retrial.

She said: "As far as your article six rights are concerned, this country has been extraditing people to Albania and there have been no concerns in respect to article six.

"You called absolutely no evidence to support your assertion that you would be denied the right to a fair trial. There are no grounds that have been heard before me to reach that conclusion."

Metra's challenge on the basis that he had a right to a family life in the UK was also dismissed.

Judge Coleman said: "As far as your family are concerned, you were convicted of assaulting her (his wife) and subjected to a restraining order."

The court also heard that Metra is barred from seeing his children without permission.

The case will be sent to the Home Secretary, who will make the formal decision on whether he should be extradited, and Metra will remain in police custody, the court was told.

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