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Tuesday, August 18, 1998 Published at 12:17 GMT 13:17 UK

World: Europe

Turkey to seek crime chief's extradition from France

The Turkish authorities say they will seek the extradition of a man described as one of the country's top crime bosses after he was arrested on Monday in the south of France.

Alaattin Cakici was seized in a luxury hotel in Nice by French police officers carrying Interpol arrest warrants.

The warrants say he is charged with attempted murder and involvement in wounding someone with a firearm.

However, Turkish newspapers say he was primarily involved in the killing of several people, including his former wife.

France must now study the accusations to decide whether they are serious enough to warrant extradition, a procedure which usually takes several months.

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