Spanish prosecutors rejected a plea from confessed murderer Daniel Sancho’s defense seeking his extradition to his home country to answer for a minor crime.
As you may recall, Sancho is incarcerated in a prison in Thailand and is accused of the murder of Colombian plastic surgeon Edwin Arrieta, which occurred in that country in early August last year.
According to the evidence collected so far, Sancho had an argument with Arrieta, with whom he had an emotional relationship. He beat him, slit his throat with a knife, dismembered the body and threw the remains into a landfill and the sea, which were found by police on August 6.
In Thailand, the Spanish chef faces serious legal consequences: life imprisonment or the death penalty. Therefore, his defense found it more convenient to extradite him to Spain.
An assault case against Sancho has been pending in this country since 2019.
According to the SER network, it happened on November 9th on a street in Madrid when a queue of passengers waiting for a taxi formed in the early hours of the morning.
Sancho apparently skipped the queue and tried to get on public transport. When one of the people in line complained to him, he hit her. The victim lost a tooth and suffered head injuries.
Among the arguments put forward by the Spanish prosecutor’s office to refuse to extradite the murderer are: first, that the case is still at a preliminary stage and no arrest warrant has been issued over the beating; Secondly, if a conviction is handed down in this case, the sentence will be less than two years, which is a necessary condition for an extradition request. and thirdly, if there is a conviction, it would not necessarily be a prison sentence, but perhaps an alternative.
Given the future outcome of the trial in Thailand, surgeon Arrieta’s family opposed the death penalty but supported a life sentence.