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DU'S EXTRADITION 'NOT A FORMALITY' Lack of treaty not the only obstacle, say experts.

Byline: Sam Dimmer

POLICE will face challenges bringing a Coventry murder suspect back to the UK according to extradition experts.

Anxiang Du, 53, was arrested at the weekend after 14 months on the run.

He is accused of killing a family of four over a longstanding business dispute. Police in Morocco said that days after Du's arrest an extradition hearing was held but the UK authorities have been unable to confirm this.

The UK does not have an extradition treaty with Morocco although suspects have been extradited before.

But others haven't - with the Moroccan authorities either refusing requests or deciding to try suspects in their own courts.

A spokesman for London extradition experts Sonn Macmillan Walker said efforts to extradite Du back to the UK would be complicated by the lack of a treaty between the African state and the UK.

She also said that if Du has any family links to Morocco it could complicate the process.

"Russia and Israel for example will not extradite their own citizens," she said.

"Some countries, and Morocco may be included, do this unofficially and rarely extradite their own subjects."

The most high-profile extradition that has taken place between Morocco and the UK involved two of the suspects in the biggest cash robbery ever seen in Britain. A total of pounds 53million was taken from the Securitas depot in Kent.

In June 2006 two cage fighters who were involved in the robbery were arrested in Morocco - starting a lengthy legal battle that is still ongoing.

One of the men, father of three Paul Allen, spent 20 months in jail before being extradited to the UK where he eventually admitted his involvement.

But his friend Lee Murray, who has a Moroccan father, was not extradited.

The Moroccan authorities were considering a swap deal in return for a suspected terrorist but this never materialised.

Murray is currently serving a ten-year sentence for an unrelated drugs offence in prison in Morocco.

UK police said they were unable to say how long it may take to extradite Du.

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