ONETIME ALBANIAN ESPIONAGE HEAD SKIPS EXTRADITION PROCEEDINGS AND IS ON THE LAM

Ilir Nazmi Kumbaro, who was once the spy chief in Albania, did not show up earlier this month at Westminster magistrates’ court in London, for his extradition hearing related to six counts of torture and kidnapping brought against him in his homeland, and has disappeared. Among the charges, an accusation of abduction was leveled in the Remzi Hoxha case, wherein a father of five was kidnapped sixteen years ago and not seen since. The circumstances surrounding Kumbaro’s residency in England were in keeping with his espionage background, he passing himself off as a Kosovan refugee named Shaqa Shatri, in order to secure British asylum. The sought after asylum was granted in 1996, followed by the issuance of a British passport. Kumbaro came to occupy a council house and avoided detection for twelve years. His apprehension in 2008 is completely inexplicable, all the more so because of his former career, since his undoing was an application for welfare benefits submitted under his real name. English authorities had begun searching for him in June 2008 at the behest of the Albanian government, and thus were informed of what had transpired. Kumbaro was subsequently taken into custody after three months had passed. Although the Crown Prosecution Service opposed his release on bail, considering him a flight risk, he, in fact, was released on bail two times. Kumbaro now obviously a fugitive on the run, police figure he has found sanctuary with friends.


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