Extradition case for a British Citizen

Fight goes on to stay here as appeal to be launched Tristan was involved in a skirmish in May 2003 when his car was hit by another vehicle in Bahar ic-Caghaq Malta Trsitan said that he was then attacked by two men, one of whom tried to hit him with a rock. During the scuffle another man, who suffers from severe epilepsy, had fallen to the floor. It was Tristan who was arrested and thrown into prison for three months. Over the next two-and-a-half years Mr Haynes appeared before Maltese magistrates on 22 different occasions to face trial for GBH, but the case has never finished. Mr Haynes left the island aboard a yacht to Sicily and then made his way to Paris by train. When he arrived he was given a passport and was able to return to the UK with his wife Romana, 30, and daughter Ricarda, three. On Wednesday Westminster Magistrates' Court supported an application from Maltese magistrates to have Mr Haynes sent back to the island to face trial for the alleged incident. Bedford and Kempston MP Patrick Hall said: "Now that an appeal has been launched we have a bit more time so I can talk further with Tristan's solicitor about the situation. "We need to explore the fact that although he was on bail in Malta, the Foreign Office actually assisted him in getting back into this country." Speaking to Bedfordshire on Sunday in May Mr Haynes said: "The whole thing has been awful and the strain on my family has been unbearable over the last four years. "I came back to the UK because I feared for my life. I am trying to put my life back together and I hope that I can stay here for the sake of my family."

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