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Murder suspect to be extradited to UK

June 22, 2005 18:12 IST

A Latvian car washer, wanted in connection with the rape and murder of non-resident Indian teenager Jeshma Raithatha, will be extradited to Britain, official sources said on Wednesday.

Prosecutors have confirmed that 42-year-old Viktors Dembovskis, who was arrested earlier this month and is in custody in Preile in Latvia, would be handed over to the UK police.

Dembovskis, who used to live near 17-year-old Jeshma's house in West London, had left Britain after she was raped and murdered on May 16.

He has 10 days to appeal against the extradition order, the sources added.

Detectives will interroagte him about the killing of the A-level pupil, who was stabbed to death.

Jeshma was raped and knifed three times in the heart on a path in Sudbury Hill, West London. Her body lay hidden for eight days in woodland only yards away from her family home.

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