Albania to extradite murder, kidnap suspect to US

AP News
Posted: Nov 01, 2010 11:25 AM
Albania to extradite murder, kidnap suspect to US

An Albanian court has ruled to extradite a former government aide to the United States where he is to stand trial for murder, kidnapping and racketeering.

The Tirana Appeals Court on Monday upheld a lower court's decision to extradite Almir Rrapo, 28, rejecting his defense argument that he could face the death sentence in the United States.

The former senior aide to Albania's deputy prime minister was arrested in July following a U.S. request. Rrapo is accused of being part of an international crime organization that engaged in murder, kidnapping, drugs trafficking, extortion, robbery, arson and other crimes in New York.

Rrapo's lawyer said he has asked the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, to suspend the extradition and allow his client's trial in Albania.