Latvian extradited to U.K. for murder of schoolgirl

  • 2005-07-11
RIGA 's A Latvian suspected of having raped and murdered a schoolgirl in London was extradited on Friday, the Latvian National Police reported.

The man, identified as Viktors D., a resident of Livani in eastern Latvia, was handed over to British authorities at Riga International Airport.

The man categorically denies his guilt but would not speak about what had happened in London.

The Latvian Supreme Court last week rejected the appeal that Viktors D. had filed against the decision about his extradition to the U.K. made by the Latvian Prosecutor General's Office earlier.

Viktors D. worked as a carwash attendant in London and disappeared from the home he shared with other immigrant workers shortly after Jeshma Raithatha, 17, was reported missing by her parents in mid-May. The carwash is located in the same neighborhood where Raithatha lived.

Jeshma's body was found eight days after her disappearance. The girl had been raped and then stabbed three times in the heart in a wooded area she passed when returning home from school.