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Extradition lawyers fighting for Albanian national suffer set back at Westminster Magistrates' Court

A double killer from Albania who posed as a Kosovan refugee to enter the UK is facing extradition back to his native country.

Father-of-four Avni Metra, 53, came to Britain in 1998, a year after carrying out the brutal murder of two brothers.

He was later sentenced to 25 years' in prison in his absence but fought against his extradition and sought to stay in the UK despite being entitled to a retrial in Albania. He has engaged extradition lawyers to fight his case.

He said at an earlier extradition hearing: "There is no justice in Albania. There is only corruption."

Metra, who claimed he had originally fled the country because his life was in danger, also argued he had a right to a private and personal life in the UK.

But on 19th August 2016 District Dudge Margot Coleman ruled at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London that he could be deported.

She told him ansd his extradition lawyers: "It's right that you have lived here for some time and that you have a wife and children.

"But your living here, your life in this country, is based on a lie.

"When you entered this country you... gave a false name, saying you were seeking asylum from Kosovo.

"It was on that basis you were given leave to remain in this country and subsequently granted a British passport."

Metra, a labourer who was living in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, his lawyers had used articles six and eight of the European Convention on Human Rights to fight his extradition.

Judge Coleman rejected the challenge to his extradition that he should not be sent back to Albania on the basis he would not get a fair retrial.

She said: "This country has been extraditing people to Albania and there have been no concerns in respect to article six."

Metra's lawyers challenge on the basis that he had a right to a family life in the UK was also dismissed.

Judge Coleman said: "As far as your family are concerned, you were convicted of assaulting her (his wife) and subjected to a restraining order."

The court also heard that Metra is barred from seeing his children without permission. His lawyers are considering the next stages.

The case will now be sent to the Home Secretary, who will make the formal decision on whether he should be extradited. Until then he will remain in police custody. His extradition lawyers will be carefully considering the position.