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Thursday, March 25, 1999 Published at 15:00 GMT

World: Europe

Noye loses extradition battle

Police have spent three years on the case

Kenneth Noye, wanted for questioning over the M25 "road rage" murder, has lost his appeal against extradition to the UK.

The BBC's Stephen Cape: Mr Noye has complained that he would not receive a fair trial in the UK
Kent police say they expect Mr Noye to be returned to the UK within a month, once the decision has been formally approved.

A Kent Police spokeswoman said: "His case will now go to the Spanish Ministry of Justice and to the Council of Ministers for rubber-stamping and then he will be handed over to the UK authorities in due course.

[ image: Stephen Cameron: Stabbed on M25 sliproad]
Stephen Cameron: Stabbed on M25 sliproad
"We cannot confirm the time scale but it will probably be around about four weeks before we see him in this country."

A panel of judges at Madrid's supreme court heard the case behind closed doors a week ago.

Mr Noye had appealed against Kent Police's extradition request, granted at a lower court in Madrid last month, on the grounds that he was illegally identified when he was arrested.

He also complained that media coverage in the UK was biased against him and had prejudiced his chances of getting a fair trial.

The Spanish Court has yet to approve the ruling but this is expected to be a formality. Ministers rubber-stamped the extradition decree last year at an earlier stage of the legal process.

Mr Noye, 51, was arrested by local police at a restaurant in Barbate, near Cadiz, in southern Spain in August last year. He is now held in a Spanish jail.

Detectives want to question him in connection with the fatal stabbing of Stephen Cameron, a 21-year-old electrician, on a motorway slip road in Swanley, Kent, in May 1996.

Mr Cameron was killed in front of his girlfriend Danielle Cable following an alleged argument with another motorist.

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