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Hannah suspect arrives back in UK
Maninder Pal Singh Kohli in Kalimpong
Maninder Pal Singh Kohli was arrested in July 2004
The prime suspect in the murder of teenager Hannah Foster has arrived at a police station in Hampshire after losing an extradition battle in India.

Maninder Pal Singh Kohli denies the abduction, rape and murder of 17-year-old Hannah.

Mr Kohli left the UK days after the teenager died in 2003. He was arrested in India in 2004.

The teenager was murdered after she walked home from a night out in Southampton, Hants, in March 2003.

Her body was found two days later and a post-mortem examination revealed she had been raped and strangled.

Now it's actually happening our thoughts turn to a UK trial
Hilary Foster

Delhi High Court quashed the latest in a series of appeals made by Maninder Pal Singh Kohli, 39, against his extradition on Friday.

The 39-year-old delivery driver was arrested in July 2004 after Hannah's parents, Trevor and Hilary, went to India to appeal for information.

Mr and Mrs Foster, from Southampton, travelled to India three times to try to speed up the long-drawn-out process which has involved more than 100 court appearances since 2004.

Mrs Foster said he landed at Heathrow Airport, London from Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi at 6.34pm today.

Hannah Foster
Hannah was killed after a night out in Southampton

He arrived at Alton police station in Hampshire on Saturday evening.

He is expected to appear before Southampton Magistrates Court for a preliminary hearing at the earliest opportunity.

Mrs Foster said: "We have been so focused on getting this to happen. Now it's actually happening our thoughts turn to a UK trial." She added: "This is the first extradition that has ever taken place between India and the UK.

"At times we thought it would never happen."

A Hampshire Police spokeswoman said earlier: "Once he is back in the UK he will be taken in to custody at a Hampshire police station where he will be charged in due course.

"He will be held in custody to appear before magistrates in Southampton at the earliest opportunity."




SEE ALSO
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Hannah suspect to be extradited
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Hannah suspect extradition delay
18 Jun 07 |  Hampshire
Hannah suspect faces extradition
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Dead girl's parents' trip fails
03 Mar 07 |  Hampshire
Dead girl's parents suffer delay
01 Mar 07 |  Hampshire
'No rest' for dead girl's parents
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