Fugitive ex-judge refused bail in London court

Fugitive former judge Antonia Ilia had her request for bail turned down on Monday when she appeared in a London court after Greece requested her extradition.

The judge said he was sure Ilia would abscond if he granted her bail but agreed to allow her time to study the prosecution?s documents.

The court will also consider Ilia?s request to be represented by a lawyer from Greece rather than the one appointed by the English court.

Ilia was found guilty last year of being part of a trial-fixing ring. In her absence, she was sentenced to almost seven years in prison.

She was arrested in Brighton, south of London, last Thursday.

She had been teaching French at a local college and insisted that she was not Antonia Ilia but a French citizen. However, police searched her apartment and found her passport and ID, which confirmed that she was the fugitive judge.

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