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Man sentenced for 1990 abduction and murder to be extradited from Turkey

A 58-year-old man who had been sentenced to life in prison for a kidnapping and murder carried out in Greece in 1990 was due to be extradited from Turkey on Wednesday.

Constantinos Spinaris absconded while on furlough from prison in 2005 but was caught in Turkey a year later for drug smuggling.

He was convicted of being behind the kidnapping of 17-year-old Yiannis Tsatsanis in March 1990.

The teenager, nicknamed Marcelino, was the son of a Roma businessman, who was asked to pay a ransom for boy’s release.

However, a breakdown in communication between the kidnappers and the boy’s father led to the abductors killing Tsatsanis and dumping his body at a farm north of Athens.

Spinaris was one of six men involved in the abduction.