Denmark: India again wants Dane in smuggling case

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Posted: Dec 17, 2016 5:42 AM

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark says it has received another request from India to extradite a Danish national accused of involvement in an arms smuggling case 21 years ago.

Niels Holck has admitted taking part in dropping assault rifles, rocket launchers and missiles from a cargo plane in eastern India in 1995. Indian police said they were meant for an Indian revolutionary group.

While a Briton and a five Latvians were arrested by Indian authorities, Holck — previously known as Niels Christian Nielsen — escaped.

Justice Minister Soeren Pape Poulsen said Friday authorities would look into this "obviously important" case.

In 2002, India asked Danes to extradite Holck. Two courts overturned a government decision, saying Holck would risk torture or other inhumane treatment in India, leading to tense diplomatic relations between the countries.