Facing Justice: UK Judge Approves Extradition of Fugitive in Utah Rape Case


A judge in Scotland decided on Wednesday that an American fugitive who is suspected of fabricating his own death to escape a rape allegation in Utah may be extradited to the United States. The judge described the man as “as dishonest and deceitful as he is evasive and manipulative.”

Since being detained in December 2021 in a Glasgow hospital where he was receiving treatment for COVID-19, the sought-after man known in Scotland as Nicholas Rossi has resisted being extradited.  He often appeared in court as well as in various media appearances, speaking in a British accent while donning an oxygen mask. He claimed that he was Arthur Knight, an Irish orphan who had never seen America.

But the fugitive’s claims of mistaken identity were previously rejected by Judge Norman McFadyen of Edinburgh Sheriff Court as “implausible” and “fanciful” after he claimed that the authorities had tattooed him and secretly taken his fingerprints while he was in a coma in order to link him to Rossi.

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Death to Extradition

These terrible traits of his character have undoubtedly complicated and prolonged what is essentially a straightforward case, according to McFadyen. I find that he is as dishonest and devious as he is evasive and manipulative. McFadyen asserted that Rossi had offered untrustworthy evidence and that he was “not prepared to accept any statement of fact made by him unless it was independently supported.”

To decide whether to order extradition, Scottish government officials will examine McFadyen’s decision. Rossi is only one of the 36-year-old’s aliases, according to American officials; his real name is Nicholas Alahverdian, and he was accused of rape in Utah in 2008 under that identity.

According to the office of the Utah County prosecutor, Alahverdian is charged with sexually assaulting a former girlfriend in Orem, Utah. The organization claims that there have been accusations of Alahverdian intimidating and mistreating women in different states.

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Source: abc news

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