The Trenčín Regional Court decided to extradite Slovak swimsuit model Mária Kukučová indicted in the murder of British businessman and former boyfriend Andrew Bush in Spain, spokesman Roman Tarabus told TASR on May 7.

“The judge approved the motion of the prosecutor to extradite the defendant in order not to obstruct the European arrest warrant procedure,” Tarabus said. “An appeal against this decision hasn’t been filed yet; her lawyer plans to use the three-day deadline offered by law to make up his mind (whether or not to file an appeal).”

Kukučová, aged 24, is charged with murder of British millionaire and former boyfriend Andrew Bush, 48, claimed that she killed Bush in self-defence. The young model claimed to have entered into a heated argument with Bush who supposedly physically assaulted her before she shot him dead. Kukučová allegedly travelled to his villa in Spain to discuss alimony, as she’s pregnant with his child. Kukučová voluntarily surrendered herself to police on April 8, accompanied by her new boyfriend. After interrogation, she was escorted to Faculty Hospital in Trenčín for a medical examination of bruises supposed to corroborate her version of being physically attacked by Bush.

Kukučová was supposed to be interrogated at the Regional Prosecutor’s Office on May 7 but it was postponed on request of her lawyer, the office spokesman Marián Sipavý informed TASR. A new date will be set. Lawyer Matúš Gemeš argued that he was not able to study the proposal of prosecutor to apply extradition custody on Kukučová, as well as the European warrant, neither of which he had received until the day of the interrogation.

The extradition custody does not mean that Kukučová will automatically extradited to Spain, the SITA newswire wrote. If she will not agree, a court will decide on her extradition.

(Source: TASR, SITA)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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