American picks life term over extradition

An American national in Greece, wanted in his country for capital offenses, has received a life sentence – at his own request – from a Greek court for a 12-year-old murder he unexpectedly confessed to two years ago, press reports said yesterday. Peter Sedholm, 32, had originally denied murdering his Greek girlfriend Stephania Sardi in Glyfada in February 1990. He had been charged along with crime boss Nikos Grigorakos, for whom he is believed to have imported cocaine from the USA, but the case was later dropped. Grigorakos and his father were both murdered in 2000 during gangland warfare. Sedholm told an Athens court on January 28 that he had confessed to the murder «to ease his conscience.» He entered prison on the same day. The USA has requested Sedholm’s extradition for murder and robbery. The party waged a 15-year armed struggle for Kurdish self-rule in southeast Turkey that claimed about 36,500 lives.

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