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Hannah murder case: Parents seek PM's help

Hannah's parents have asked for the extradition of prime suspect Maninder Pal Singh Kohli to UK.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2006 15:31 IST

The parents of murdered British teenager Hannah Foster on Tuesday sought intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President APJ Abdul Kalam in the case.

Hannah's parents have asked for theextradition of prime suspect Maninder Pal Singh Kohli to UK.

Kohli was arrested in West Bengal 18 months ago.

As legal hearings in the case continue, Trevor and Hillary Foster arrived in India on a return visit to try to find out why Kohli has not been extradited.

"It's 18 months now since we returned to England and no decision on extradition has been made. We are bewildered by the delay," Trevor Foster said.

Her daughter was allegedly abducted and killed following a night out with friends in Southampton in 2003.

Kohli, who then lived in the city, was arrested in India in July 2004, five days into the Fosters' first visit.

The Fosters said they were writing letters to both the Prime Minister and the President, asking for their personal intervention in Kohli's extradition.

"I am asking for their personal intervention to bring some much-needed momentum and priority back to this extradition process. I would like them to review the handling of this case in the light of the impact of delay on the lives of both the victim's family and the suspect," Tervor Foster remarked.

The Fosters said they have become increasingly frustrated about the lack of progress to return Kohli to the UK to face trial. "We have no hidden agenda; all we want is justice for Hannah and until the suspect in this case is extradited from India our search for justice in the English courts cannot even begin," Trevor Foster said.

First Published: Feb 14, 2006 15:31 IST