Suspect in US murder asks India not to extradite

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Posted: May 27, 2011 1:26 PM
Suspect in US murder asks India not to extradite

A man arrested this year in India in the 1989 slaying of an American has filed an appeal against his extradition to the United States, an Indian official said Friday.

Mahfuz Huq, 44, was arrested in New Delhi in February and is accused of murdering 19-year-old Todd Kelley, who was found stabbed to death in his home in Hamilton, Indiana. His girlfriend, who had previously dated Huq, found the body.

U.S. authorities say Huq, who was 22 at the time, fled after Kelley's death.

The case has been featured on the television programs "Unsolved Mysteries" and "America's Most Wanted."

India received an extradition request for Huq from the U.S. in March., according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Huq, a naturalized U.S. citizen whose family is from Bangladesh, has filed an appeal in a lower court in New Delhi.

Under India's legal system, if the appeal is rejected by the lower court, the suspect can ask it to be heard by a higher court. If the high court turns down the appeal, in some cases, the suspect may go as far as appealing to the Supreme Court.

The official said that since Huq is wanted on a murder charge, his appeal will most likely be turned down.

The appeals process could take several months, or even a year, he said.