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Domenico Rancadore, Amanda Knox And An Italian Justice Sytem Every Bit As Crap As The British Reporting

by | 17th, March 2014

Domenico Rancadore and his wife hide their faces as they are perused by journalists, after leaving Westminster Magistrates Court, in west London.

 

AMANDA Knox, we have some good news. The woman found guilty of murdering Mereditch Kercher should be able to escape extradition to Italy by citing the case of Sicilian Mafia fugitive Domenico Rancadore. Thought by Italian police to be the leader a Mafia clan based in Trabia near Palermo, Domenico has been living in the UK for 20 years as one Marc Skinner.

The Times reports:

Domenico Rancadore, 65. .. was set free after Westminster Magistrates’ Court rejected the request for his extradition…

Today, Westminster Magistrates’ Court rejected the request for his extradition. Judge Howard Riddle said that he had been ready to order Rancadore’s return to Italy until the High Court ruled in a different case last week that conditions in Italy’s prisons were unacceptable and in breach of the Human Rights Act…

The prisons in Italy are overcrowded.

 

The house in Manor Waye in Uxbridge, London where a fugitive Mafia boss has been arrested.

 

Riddle was “satisfied that the warrant is valid, there is no statutory bar and extradition is compatible with the defendant’s Convention [human] rights, including prison conditions”.

The ruling in the Rancadore case was effectively determined by a judgment last week in the case of Hayle Abdi Badre, a Somali citizen who was wanted in Florence for financial offences. The High Court ruled that he could not be returned to Italy because of concerns aired in a previous European Court judgment about the state of Italy’s prisons.

And on the man in the dock:

He was found guilty of Mafia association and extortion in Italy in 1999 and given a seven-year jail term.

The   Times report does not feature these words form Rancadore’s lawyer Karen Todner:

“It’s almost impossible to defeat a European arrest warrant but we have been successful today so I’m delighted with the decision. He’s got a serious heart condition so being in prison is very difficult for him.”

Rancadore is on an electronic tag. Italy is appealing the ruling.

 

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