Man set to be extradited to Czech Republic after seven years on the run in Ireland

THE HIGH COURT has cleared the way for a man to be extradited to the Czech Republic after spending some seven years on the run.

In 2009 the Supreme Court ruled Marek Ster, who has been living in Ireland for some time, should be surrendered to his native Czech Republic. However he was never extradited as he went on the run after the court made its ruling.

Ster, who suffers from a number of health problems, is wanted by the authorities in the Czech Republic where he is due to serve a four-and-a-half-year prison term following his conviction for committing gross bodily harm and theft in 2002.

He was both convicted and sentenced by a Czech Court in his absence.

At the High Court today Mr Justice Bernard Barton was told Ster was arrested by the gardaí earlier this week and had been held at Dublin’s Cloverhill Prison.

When the judge asked where Ster had been for the last number of years since the Supreme Court dismissed his appeal, the judge was informed it appeared Marek Ster “had been living in Co Clare”.

Ster was arrested by gardaí near his home outside Ennis, before being processed at Killaloe Garda Station.

Counsel for Ster, Kieran Kelly, said it was accepted that after losing his appeal Ster had changed his name by deed poll to Martin Balog.

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