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'Delay in extradition frustrating'

Hannah Foster's parents also add that they expected it as Kolhi had problems with the DNA and CCTV evidence.

india Updated: Jun 22, 2007 12:13 IST

The parents of Hannah Foster, the British teenager who was raped and murdered over four years ago allegedly by Maninder Singh Kohli, said that further delays in Kohli's extradition to Britain were "frustrating" but not unexpected.

An Indian court had ruled earlier this month that Kohli should be sent back to his former home in Britain to face charges over Hannah Foster's death. Kohli has since challenged the ruling in the Delhi High Court.

Kohli has reportedly claimed that there were problems with the DNA and closed circuit television evidence. The high court put the extradition on hold until it could review this evidence.

Hannah, a 17-year-old student, was abducted, raped and killed following a night out with friends in Southampton on March 14, 2003. Her body was found beside a road at West End, near Southampton, two days after she disappeared.

Hannah's parents, Trevor and Hilary Foster, who travelled to India several times to appeal for information about Kohli's whereabouts, told the Western Mail: "It's just desperately frustrating and disappointing. We get highs and lows, it's a roller coaster, expecting it to happen soon and then hearing it's been delayed again. It's completely beyond our control. It's just hanging over us the whole time until we have a UK trial."

Hilary added: "We can't put this part of it behind us. That's the most disturbing thing for our lives. We are constantly talking about the evidence, all these claims and counter claims, and the night that Hannah died, the whole time. We really want to have good memories of her, not clouded by what happened.

"Although we were delighted some decision had been made, we knew this was on the cards so we are not entirely surprised. We just hope it will be dealt with as quickly as possible.

"He (Kohli) put his application in last week and they had a hearing yesterday, by Indian standards that's very quick, so it's looking very, very encouraging.

"We knew he had a right to appeal. He has fought this extradition so hard for the last three years, but we are just very, very hopeful that now India and the world is watching and they will deal with it very quickly and will move a bit faster than they have in the last three years."