Man denies he is person sought over murder

A man has denied before the High Court that he is the person being sought in connection with what has been described as the “racially motivated” murder of man in Manchester more than a decade ago.

The UK police are seeking the extradition of Alfred “Ardi” Kurti, aged 31, from Kosovo, who is facing several charges including the murder of Kalvinder “Bob” Singh in Manchester in April 2004.

Mr Singh suffered fatal head injuries when he was beaten with wooden sticks after leaving a curry house.

It is alleged Mr Kurti, with an address of Ash Tree Road, Crumpsall, Manchester was one of a group of men who attacked Mr Singh after an earlier row involving his friends.

Mr Singh, who was married with two daughters, died 16 days after the attack.

On Thursday, gardaí brought a man alleged to be Mr Kurti before a vacation sitting of the High Court on foot of a European arrest warrant, seeking the accused surrender to the UK.

The man denies he is Mr Kurti and says he is an Albanian national called Albert Gjini. The court heard from his lawyer he has documentation to prove his identity.

Det Sgt Jim Kirwan of the Garda Extradition Unit said he arrested the man he believed to be Mr Kurti in central Dublin on Thursday morning.

Det Kirwan said that when he put the contents of the warrant, which include details of Mr Singh’s murder which seemed to be “racially motivated”, to the arrested person the man denied he was Mr Kurti.

Det Sgt Kirwan said the man said in reply he was not the person being sought, that he had never lived in the UK, and that he “never hurt anybody”.

The detective sergeant said he was satisfied the person arrested is the individual whose extradition is being sought.

He said he based this on evidence including a 10-year-old photograph of the person wanted in the UK.

Det Kirwan, in reply to Ann Marie Lawlor BL for the State, also said fingerprints of the arrested person were also taken at Pearse St Garda Station yesterday which matched those of the person whose extradition is being sought.

Fingerprint evidence was given to the court by Detective Garda Gerry McGrath. He said copies of fingerprints, supplied from Interpol, of the person sought in respect of the arrest warrant matched those of the individual before the court.

He said he had “no doubt” the different sets of fingerprints were from “the same person.”

Mr Justice Raymond Fullam said that based on the evidence provided to the court by the Gardai he was satisfied the man before the court was the person whose extradition is being sought by the UK authorities.

The judge remanded him in custody until a sitting of the High Court extradition list in June.

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