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Thursday 4 May 2023

Extradition - Coming to Channel 4

A three-part documentary series (3x60 minutes) on the intriguing and astonishing tale of Arthur Knight is to be produced by the award-winning Five Mile Films based in Bristol, and commissioned by Channel 4. The programme asks whether Knight is an erudite rogue like Del-Boy or an international fugitive.

In a Glasgow hospital, a man awakens from a coma induced by Covid, only to be greeted by the police rather than his loved ones. This marks the climax of an international manhunt involving the FBI, Interpol, and the Scottish Police. The suspect, who is now a patient, has been identified as Nicholas Rossi, also known as Nicholas Alahverdian, and has assumed at least 14 other aliases. Rossi was once a child welfare campaigner, a Harvard University student, and a political lobbyist. He is also a convicted sex offender, an alleged conman, and the prime suspect in at least three alleged rapes.

What makes this story shocking is that Rossi was supposed to have died two years earlier. However, law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Atlantic are convinced that his death was faked and have presented compelling evidence in court, including fingerprints and photos of distinctive tattoos, confirming that the Glasgow hospital patient is indeed Rossi. They now want him to return to the US to face justice.

The suspect insists that he is the victim of a "monstrous case of mistaken identity" and claims to be Arthur Knight, an Irish-born "bookish Del-Boy" rather than an international fugitive. His wife, Miranda Knight, supports his version of events. Arthur and Miranda Knight maintain that they are a regular couple and that the publicity surrounding this case has destroyed their lives.

A Sheriff's Court in Edinburgh will decide in June whether he should be extradited to the US for trial. The Extradition documentary will use exclusive footage, first-person testimony interviews, and archives to follow the case and record the verdict.

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