Extradition for Mongolian spy
Saturday 19 February 2011
Mongolian spy chief Bat Khurts, who claims he was lured to the UK so that he could be arrested and jailed under a European Arrest Warrant, can be extradited to Germany, a judge has ruled.
Mr Khurts, 41, is fighting extradition over claims he was involved in the kidnap, false imprisonment and return of a Mongolian national suspected of murdering a government official. His lawyers said he would appeal against yesterday's ruling by District Judge Quentin Purdy at City of Westminster magistrates' court.
Mr Khurts's legal representatives claimed that the head of the executive office of Mongolia's National Security Council was covered by diplomatic immunity. His lawyer, Alun Jones QC, told the court that Mr Khurts was on official business which protected him from arrest. It was claimed he was duped into coming to the UK, for talks on intelligence co-operation, so he could be detained and extradited to Germany.
However the judge found Mr Khurts did not have immunity and that extradition should proceed.
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