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It can be proved 100% that I was at work in England on the day this crime took place in Italy. It would be devastating for my family if I am torn from them and imprisoned in Italy, a country I barely know, for something I could not have done. - Edmond Arapi
Edmond Arapi faced extradition to Italy to serve a 16 year sentence for a crime which was committed while he was at work in the UK. He was tried and convicted of killing a man in Italy in October 2004. But Edmond had no idea that he was wanted for a crime or that the trial even took place. In fact, Edmond hadn’t left the UK at all between the years of 2000-2006. Edmond was arrested in June 2009 at Gatwick Airport on a European Arrest Warrant, while returning from a family holiday.
Following a high-profile campaign, on the very day of his extradition appeal and only a few days after the birth of his son, Italian authorities announced it would withdraw the European Arrest Warrant, admitting that they had sought Mr Arapi in error.
Update – in July 2012 an Italian court awarded Edmond nearly £18,000 in compensation for his Arrest Warrant ordeal.
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Last updated: 24 January 2013
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