Nicholas Rossi: Rape suspect accused of faking his own death can be extradited to the US, court rules

A Scottish court has ruled a suspected rapist who apparently faked his own death can be sent back to the United States to face serious sex charges.

Nicholas Rossi, who claims he is an Irish orphan named Arthur Knight, has been at the center of a long-running extradition battle in Edinburgh.

American law enforcement officials claim he is a fugitive who fled to the UK to evade justice.

An international game of hide and seek ended when Rossi, 35, was tracked down via an Interpol red notice while unconscious in a COVID hospital ward in Glasgow in 2021.

He was arrested after his tattoos and fingerprints matched National Crime Agency documents.

Last November, a Scottish court ruled he was the suspect American authorities have been attempting to track down.

Rossi has deliberately delayed extradition proceedings by claiming it is a case of mistaken identity. His legal fees, running into the tens of thousands, are being paid for by the taxpayer.

Rossi’s series of lurid suggestions that tattoos were planted on his body while in a coma for coronavirus were previously branded “scandalous” by a Scottish sheriff.

He also claimed UK and US officials were colluding to stitch him up.

In court, it was suggested Rossi “voluntarily” attended court by videolink “, but in an outburst, he claimed he had been brought before the camera by “physical force”, calling the sheriff “a disgrace to justice”.

Sheriff Norman McFadyen told Edinburgh Sheriff Court: “I conclude that extradition would be compatible with the Convention rights within the meaning of the Human Rights Act 1998.

“It follows that I must send the case of the requested person Nicholas Rossi to the Scottish ministers for their decision whether he is to be extradited.”