Ronnie Biggs digs in his heels

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The Independent Online
Britain and Brazil opened the way yesterday for Great Train Robbery fugitive Ronnie Biggs (left) to be extradited when the two countries ratified a long-awaited extradition treaty. But there is no certainty that the 68- year-old will ever set foot on British soil. After originally saying that he would not try to fight extradition, Biggs vowed at the weekend that he would rather die than be brought back to jail in Britain. Years of legal wrangling in the Brazilian courts could be in prospect.

Brazil has a statute of limitation on crimes committed more than 20 years ago. Biggs has been on the run for 32 years after escaping from Wandsworth jail in 1965 while serving a 30-year-sentence. Patricia Wynn Davies