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Torture accused Albanian on the run

A former Albanian intelligence chief is on the run in Britain after failing to appear at an extradition hearing over torture and kidnapping charges, police believe.

Detectives said they suspect Ilir Nazmi Kumbaro, 58, is still in the UK after he failed to turn up for a hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court on December 1.

He is wanted for a string of torture and kidnapping offences in his former homeland.

Scotland Yard's extradition unit said he was not thought to pose a threat to the public. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Mr Kumbaro claimed asylum in the UK in 1996 by posing as a Kosovan refugee, officers said.

Detective Superintendent Pete Rance said: "We believe that Ilir Kumbaro has not fled the UK but has in all likelihood left London and is being harboured by friends.

"Although he does not pose a threat to members of the public, he is wanted in Albania where he faces charges of kidnap and torture. One of his alleged victims, a father of five, has not been seen alive since 1995.

"The seriousness of his alleged crimes is the reason we want to find him. This is a high-profile international investigation that has involved public expense in the UK. It is only right that we seek to arrest Ilir Kumbaro and put him back before the court that, in good faith, had entrusted him with bail."


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