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Einhorn Loses Extradition Appeal

July 12, 2001

PARIS (AP) _ American Ira Einhorn lost his last-chance appeal Thursday of an extradition order that would return him to the United States, where he was convicted of the killing of his girlfriend more than two decades ago.

The case before the Council of State, France’s highest administrative body, was the former anti-war activist’s last available appeal under French law. Einhorn’s defense lawyers have said he could be arrested immediately after the decision.

Einhorn’s lawyers say he will now take his case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. France has no legal obligation to halt the extradition for such an appeal, though it may decide to do so.

When Thursday’s decision was announced, Einhorn, 61, was in southwestern France’s wine-growing country, where he lives with his wife, Annika Flodin Einhorn. A dozen riot police and a dozen plain-clothes officers guarded his home, an ivy-covered stone windmill in the village of Champagne-Mouton. The shades were drawn and the lights were out.

A note pinned to Einhorn’s locked gate asked reporters not to disturb him.

``To journalists and photographers,″ said the note, hanging next to a buzzer marked ``Mr. and Mrs. Einhorn.″

``We ask you to wait until after the decision. Thank you for your understanding. Ira and Annika Einhorn.″

Einhorn fled the United States in 1981, soon before he was to stand trial in Pennsylvania for the 1977 bludgeoning death of his girlfriend, Holly Maddux. Her corpse was found stuffed in a trunk inside a closet of the Philadelphia apartment she shared with Einhorn.

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