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Man suspected in rape, murder of British teen not to be extradited to Britain

A man suspected of raping and killing a British teenager wouldn’t be extradited to Britain, the suspect’s lawyer said Monday.

"The high court has stayed the extradition," said C. S. Bakshi, the lawyer for Maninder Pal Singh Kohli, an Indian citizen wanted by British police for allegedly abducting and killing Hannah Foster, 17, from near her home in Portswood, Southampton, on March 14, 2003.

Her body was found two days later, and an autopsy indicated she had been raped and strangled.

Kohli traveled to India shortly after British police identified him as the prime suspect and issued an arrest warrant for him.

Indian police apprehended Kohli in 2004 after Foster's parents made a heartfelt plea in India for information on his whereabouts.

He has been fighting his extradition from jail since then, but earlier in the month a New Delhi court ruled that there was enough evidence to justify sending him to Britain to stand trial.

On Monday, the High Court halted the extradition in response to an appeal from Kohli, who charged there were problems with the DNA and Closed Circuit Television evidence presented against him, said Bakshi.

The High Court put the extradition on hold until it could review this evidence, the Press Trust of India news agency reported. No date was set.