Cousins lose Cyprus extradition plea

TWO men who were passengers in a car involved in a fatal accident in Cyprus and jailed for manslaughter lost their High Court bid to avoid extradition to the holiday island to serve their sentences today.

TWO men who were passengers in a car involved in a fatal accident in Cyprus and jailed for manslaughter lost their High Court bid to avoid extradition to the holiday island to serve their sentences today.

Cousins Michael Binnington, 23, and Luke Atkinson, 24, of Witham, now face removal in the next 10 days.

Two High Court judges ruled the pair cannot challenge Justice Secretary Jack Straw's refusal to delay extradition so that an agreement can be sought with the Cyprus authorities allowing them to serve their three-year sentences in the UK.

Lord Justice Moses and Mr Justice Hickinbottom, sitting in London, ruled: “There is no room for further action by the authorities in this country (to prevent extradition).”


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