In a significant development, American fugitive Nicholas Rossi, 36, has been extradited from Scotland to the United States, marking the end of a protracted legal battle.
Scottish ministers signed an extradition order in September last year, granting permission for Rossi’s return to the US.
This decision came after a lengthy case in the Scottish courts, where Rossi had claimed mistaken identity, asserting he was an Irish orphan named Arthur Knight.
Despite his claims, a police officer discovered Rossi’s true identity, leading to the dismissal of his appeal against extradition in December.
With all legal obstacles removed, Rossi was finally handed over to US authorities. A spokesperson for Police Scotland confirmed their assistance in the extradition process on Friday, December 5.
Rossi faces charges in the US for allegedly raping a woman in Utah in 2008 and additional counts of domestic abuse.
His presence on the authorities’ radar began when he was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow with Covid-19 in December 2021.
During his hospital stay, Rossi was served with an Interpol red notice and a National Crime Agency certificate, documents he claims never to have received.
This development played a crucial role in expediting the extradition process.
As Nicholas Rossi prepares to face trial in the US, the case highlights the complexities of international legal cooperation and the challenges posed by fugitives attempting to evade justice across borders.