A Lithuanian gangster accused of 22 crimes – including murder, robbery and extortion – is to be finally sent home after a four-year “human rights” farce, where he argued he was “too depressed” to be deported.
The accused has been fighting efforts to send him home for almost five years and the case has cost the British taxpayer around £120,000, the Daily Express reports.
European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) judges ruled last week that sending Kestutis Martuzevicius, 52, back to Lithuanian to face justice will not amount to “inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” because of his mental illness, and therefore breach his human rights.
Martuzevicius is thought to be part of Lithuania’s feared gang “The Daktarai,” made up of members from former Soviet Union re-education camps. He fled to the UK in 1996.
He was arrested in south London in 2011 after Lithuanian police issued a European arrest warrant for his 22 alleged crimes, including two killings, committed between 1993 and 1996.
He was diagnosed with clinical depression in 2012. Broadmoor hospital authorities disputed this assessment and initially refused to accept him. However he was treated in the psychiatric hospital for six months last year before being sent back to prison.