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Alleged killer of Swiss teacher held in Kosovo

A man suspected of murdering his daughter’s teacher at a St Gallen school has been arrested in Kosovo and may be extradited back to Switzerland, a judge confirmed.

This content was published on May 18, 2010 - 15:23

Ded Gecaj is accused of killing the teacher in 1999. Afterwards he fled to his homeland of Kosovo, where he was re-arrested on Monday.

He confessed the crime and in 2000 a court in Kosovo sentenced him to four years in prison for manslaughter. Two years later he was freed and went into hiding.

The Swiss authorities argue the sentence was too lenient.

They want to bring the man to court to face murder charges as well as accusations of sexual abuse against his daughter.

In August 2009 Kosovo’s highest court ruled that the man is eligible for extradition but the Kosovo government must approve it.

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