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Edmond Arapi who was wrongly named a murderer by an Italian judiciary and threatened with jail is making a bid to MPs to change the extradition law.

He told how he and his family went through 12 months hell following his arrest for a crime he did not commit.

Mr Arapi who is originally from Albania and now lives in Leek, England, was returning from Albania when he was arrested at Gatwick and immediately imprisoned at Wandsworth prison being accused for a murder which happened in Italy in 2004.

He later learned that a warrant (EAW) was issued by the Italian judiciary who have tried, convicted and sentenced him in absence to 16 years in prison by a Genoa court.

Despite his alibi, on the day of murder he was working at Cafe Divide in Leek, the British courts could only deal with the warrant rather than the case.

Now the campaigners are calling for changes in the way EAW works, which will enable courts to consider evidence first.

On Monday they joined Mr Arapi in London as he told his story to a committe  of Mps and Lords who are considering a review of the warrant.

Mr Arapi said: “All of a sudden the police got out their handcuffs and in front of my children they arrested me.

“People do not know what hell means until they have been through something like this.

“When my lawyer was trying to build my case it was like fighting the impossible.

“The courts had no power, it doesn’t matter if you have evidence that you are innocent or not, it feels like if another country wants you they will get you.

“But after media pressure and the support of charity Fair Trials International the warrant was chewed up after 12 months of hell.”

The committee will report to the Government. Its recommendations will be considered in any future policy changes