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A BRITISH photographer wanted by Portuguese police on a murder charge dating back to 1994 has appeared in court.

Graham Mitchell, 49, of St Martins Road, Canterbury, Kent, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court yesterday after being arrested on Tuesday by Kent Police.



A spokeswoman for the force said officers had executed a European Arrest Warrant on behalf of the Portuguese courts.



She added that a 49-year-old man had been arrested in the Canterbury area on suspicion of murder.



A spokesman for Fair Trials International said Mitchell's wife Laura had contacted them about her husband's arrest.



He said: "We originally helped Mr Mitchell in 1994."



Westminster Magistrates' Court was told that Mitchell spent a year in custody in Portugal before being acquitted of attempted murder in 1995, according to a report in the Daily Mail.



Following his court appearance, Mrs Mitchell told the paper: "I am frightened to death about what will happen to him. He can't go back to Portugal after the way they treated him. He is an innocent man."



The court said Mitchell was granted conditional bail but will remain in custody until he surrenders his passport and a surety of £5,000 has been agreed.



His next appearance will be at Westminster Magistrates' Court on March 14.



Jago Russell, Fair Trials International's chief executive, said: "We are doing everything we can to help Mr Mitchell and his family at this time."



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