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On-the-run son of Ivorian diplomat who fled to Africa before he could be arrested over murder of aspiring lawyer

Last week, according to media reports, two men who had stabbed to death an aspiring lawyer in a case of mistaken identity were each jailed for life with a minimum term of 27 years.

In February 2021, a group of six men attacked Sven Badzak, 22, and a friend, 16, near a supermarket in Kilburn, north-west London. Badzak was stabbed to death and the friend sustained multiple stab injuries.

Rashid Gedel, 22, and Shiroh Ambersley, 23, have now been found guilty at the Old Bailey of murdering Badzak as well as wounding with intent in respect of the friend.

Another preparator, Harvey Canavan, 19, had pleaded guilty to manslaughter and unlawful wounding, and had been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison for manslaughter and 15 months for unlawful wounding, to run concurrently.

Two remaining suspects have not been identified and the last one, Lior Agbayan, 20, whose father is an Ivorian diplomat, has fled to the Ivory Coast and has not returned.

Anna Bradshaw was quoted in the press, explaining that there is no extradition treaty between the UK and Ivory Coast. However, this did not mean that it would be impossible to bring Agbayan back to the UK, but there had to be enough “political will”.

“If there is appetite to spend the time and resources not just finding him but then negotiating an ad hoc extradition arrangement with the Ivory Coast then it cannot be ruled out,” she said.

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