Portuguese authorities have postponed a trial that was to decide an extradition request lodged to bring British national Graham Mitchell back to the Algarve, to be re-tried for an attempted murder he was acquitted of in 1995, until 20 April.
The case itself dates back to 1994 when Mitchell and a friend were arrested in the Algarve on the suspicion of having assaulted a German national, leaving him paralysed after allegedly pushing him over a wall.
After 11 months awaiting trial in jail the two Britons were eventually tried for attempted murder and acquitted in May 1995, having been given their passports back and free to return home.
Last week the General Attorney’s Office (PGR) explained that the “judgment was of acquittal but did not go through because of an appeal made by the Supreme Court of Justice.”
A new trial was never held as Mitchell’s whereabouts were unknown, the PGR explained, becoming contumacious from 21 January 1998.
More than a decade later, in December 2008, the decision was made to issue a European capture warrant, which was issued on 6 March this year.