Man captured in Austria convicted of Calif. rapes

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Posted: Dec 15, 2011 7:46 PM
Man captured in Austria convicted of Calif. rapes

A man described by prosecutors as an international serial rapist has been convicted of sexually assaulting three Southern California women.

The Orange County district attorney's office says Ali Achekzai was convicted Thursday of six felony counts, including forcible rape and aggravated assault.

Prosecutors say Achekzai assaulted the women in Orange County and San Diego in 2004. He fled to Canada and later Austria, where he was accused of rape in a separate 2009 case. He was extradited to California the following year.

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Authorities say DNA from that case matched samples taken in California.

Achekzai faces a maximum sentence of 80 years to life in prison at a hearing Jan 27.

A message was left for Achekzai's attorney, Ronald Cordova.