Ital­ian fugi­tive con­test­ing ex­tra­di­tion to Italy

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

An Ital­ian fugi­tive, wanted by the Ital­ian au­thor­i­ties to serve a two-year and 27-day sen­tence in Italy over drug traf­fick­ing, is con­test­ing ex­tra­di­tion, the Court heard yes­ter­day.

Fabio Vespa, a 32-year-old from Cata­nia, and re­sid­ing in Naxxar, ap­peared in court af­ter he was held by the lo­cal po­lice when he went to re­port dam­ages to his ve­hi­cle. In­spec­tor Mario Cuschieri pre­sented the Euro­pean Ar­rest War­rant as well as the alert from the Schen­gen in­for­ma­tion sys­tem.

Last Jan­uary, Mr Vespa had a two-year prison sen­tence con­firmed by the Ital­ian Court of Ap­peal, for be­ing in pos­ses­sion of cannabis, im­por­ta­tion of hemp as well as other charges.

The de­fence ar­gued that the ac­cused’s wife lived in Malta and that he came to help her af­ter she had suf­fered a mis­car­riage.

De­fend­ing the ac­cused, Dr Michael Scir­iha ar­gued that Mr Vespa is cur­rently on pa­role in Malta. The de­fence said that Mr Vespa should fin­ish his pa­role first be­fore be­ing ex­tra­dited, and since the Court said that this hear­ing was just to es­tab­lish whether the ac­cused would be con­test­ing the ar­rest war­rant, and whether the ac­cused would re­quest bail, the de­fence is both con­test­ing the war­rant and re­quest­ing bail.

The in­spec­tor ar­gued against the grant­ing of bail, say­ing that the ac­cused had al­ready com­mit­ted a crime in Malta, and that he es­caped from Italy.

The de­fence ar­gued that he should be al­lowed out on bail to con­tinue his pa­role, and that Malta was his safe-haven from Italy and thus he would not have a rea­son to es­cape.

The pros­e­cu­tion, how­ever, said that there was a risk, as he could at­tempt to es­cape from Malta as he had done from Italy.

Mag­is­trate Gabriella Vella de­nied bail at this stage.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malta

© PressReader. All rights reserved.