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London court puts off trial of fugitive ex judge

A London court decided on Saturday to postpone until June 17 the hearing of the fugitive ex-judge Antonia Ilia whose extradition Greek authorities are seeking.

Ilia?s lawyer has been given two weeks to prepare her client?s defense. Ilia was found guilty last year of being part of a trial-fixing ring and sentenced to almost seven years in prison.

The suspect denies that she is Ilia despite the fact that tests on her fingerprints have confirmed her identity. Ilia has been on the run since being charged with working with corrupt lawyers to fix the outcomes of trials but was arrested in Brighton, south of London, on May 12.

She had been teaching French at a local college and insisted that she was not Antonia Ilia but a French citizen.