Fraudulent Fin free to appeal

The Law Lords have given the go-ahead for a man wanted for credit card fraud in Helsinki to appeal against the High Court's refusal of his application for habeas corpus. Sami Saad Alla Badbah Kiriakos was convicted in Helsinki in 1990. However, pending appeal he was released from custody and left Finland. His conviction was subsequently confirmed and the Finnish government now want him extradited from the UK. In November 1996, Lord Justice Rose and Mr Justice Morris Kay dismissed his application for habeas corpus but now Lords Goff, Nicholls and Saville have granted Kirakos leave to appeal against that decision.