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Five foreign nationals in court today facing extradition for fraud, burglary and human trafficking


A MAN has been arrested because it is believed he is wanted by the USA to face fraud charges.

Soqid Adejumo, 37, from Signals Drive, Coventry, was brought before Westminster Magistrates' Court today (Saturday, January 7) after the arrest was made.

The court heard that he was "provisionally arrested in the belief that a warrant has been or will be issued by USA."

It was told that an Interpol warrant for fraud is believed to have been issued on December 23 last year.

He was initially remanded into custody, but District Judge Annabel Pilling agreed to allow his release on conditional bail if a £3,000 security is lodged and he is under an electronically-monitored curfew.

However, the CPS, acting for the USA appealed this, and he was remanded ahead of a High Court appeal.

Adejumo, who is understood to deny the offences, is contesting extradition and the case is back in court later this month.

Four other men appeared at the same court to face extradition proceedings today.

Mantas Barkauskas, 37, of an unknown address was arrested by West Midlands Police on a European Arrest Warrant from Lithuania for an offence of human trafficking, which it us understood he denies.

He is contesting extradition and was remanded into custody amid concerns he is likely to abscond due to the seriousness of the alleged offence and his using a number of aliases.

The case was adjourned.

Lukasz Gracz, 34, from Riseholme Road, Lincoln, was brought before the court for failing to to surrender to the custody of an authorised officer as required for extradition to Poland, which was ordered on July 25 last year.

According to a 2019 Polish Police wanted appeal he is wanted in connection with an alleged theft offence, which he is understood to deny.

Despite this, he was released on conditional bail with his Polish passport retained to await extradition and is under an electronically-monitored curfew and must not have any international travel documents.

Viorel Cirnici, 57, from Rydal Avenue, Blackpool, was arrested on a European Arrest Warrant from Romania in connection with an alleged offence of fraud, which he is understood to deny.

However, he consented to be extradited in custody and will be sent to Romania on a date to be agreed.

Grzegorz Kulik, 30, (top image), of an unknown address, also consented to be extradited to Poland in custody after he was arrested by Kent Police on a European Arrest Warrant from Poland in connection with three alleged offences of theft from motor vehicles, three of burglary, two of criminal damage and an attempted theft from a motor vehicle.

He is understood to deny the offences and will be extradited on a date to be set.

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