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Sunday 31 August 2014

Fugitive wanted in connection with guesthouse killing arrested in Spain

Published 20/02/2014 | 14:00

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The 42-year-old fugitive had been taken to Madrid where he appeared behind closed doors before an investigating judge.

A man wanted in connection with a killing at a guesthouse in south-west Ireland has been arrested in Spain.

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Badri Khvedelidze, a 42 year old Georgian, was detained in the Mediterranean port city of Valencia by officers from the National Police on an international arrest warrant.

He is wanted in connection with the death of a man at a guesthouse in Tralee, Co. Kerry, in October, 2005.

Following his arrest Khevedelidze was taken to Madrid where he appeared behind closed doors before an investigating judge.

Asked if he agreed to extradition to Ireland he replied in the negative and was ordered to a top security prison near the capital to await a full hearing in front of a panel of three judges at the National Criminal Court which handles all extradition cases.

He now faces a wait behind bars of at least several months.

Khvedelidze was tracked down by a special unit which searches for fugitives believed to hiding in Spain.

Last year the group detained 270 people on the run from foreign countries.

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