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Syrian Man Wanted Over Human Trafficking Will Face Trial In Hungary After Malta’s Court Backs Extradition

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A Syrian man wanted in Hungary for his role in human trafficking will be extradited from Malta.

The man, 48-year-old Aljelda Loiai, also known as Abu Hamza, was arrested by anti-terrorism police in Malta in May after a European Arrest Warrant was issued.

A European Arrest Warrant had been issued by a District Court in Gyor, Hungary, in December 2019, for the man to face prosecution for alleged human trafficking as well as his alleged involvement in immigration and residence permit offences.

Loiai had been living in Malta for six months and was arrested at his workplace in Dingli.

Today, a court, which was presided over by Magistrate Donatella Frendo Dimech, ruled that the request was legitimate and Loiai will face now face trial in Hungary.

Inspectors Omar Zammit and George Cremona were prosecuting. Lawyers George Camilleri and Kaylee Bonett appeared for the Attorney General’s office.

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