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Priest nabbed for child abuse

A British priest accused of child sex offences was arrested at London’s Luton airport on Sunday, five years after he went on the run.

Laurence Soper was arrested on Sunday as he arrived back in the UK from Kosovo, police said in a statement. Soper, 72, was taken into custody in London and is accused of nine sexual assault offences committed between 1972 and 1986.

His arrest concludes a lengthy legal battle between the UK and Kosovo, where Soper was arrested in May on a European warrant issued by Britain.

Police in Kosovo said at the time he was known as “Father Laurence” and gave his full name as Andrew Charles Kingston Soper. Earlier this month a Kosovo court refused for the second time to extradite the Catholic priest, ruling he could not be extradited because the statute of limitations for the alleged crimes had been reached. (AFP)

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