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Court Rejects Plea to Free Diplomat’s Son

December 11, 1987

LONDON (AP) _ The son of a West German diplomat failed today in a court bid to block his extradition to the United States, where he is wanted for the murder of his girlfriend’s parents.

Two High Court judges refused to issue a writ of habeas corpus to free Jens Soering from prison and block his extradition. Soering’s lawyer indicated he might appeal to the House of Lords, Britain’s highest court.

The court rejected a defense argument that the correct legal procedure had not been followed for seeking assurances from the U.S. government that Soering would not face the death penalty if convicted. Britain does not allow the death penalty.

Soering, 21, is alleged to have planned with 23-year-old Elizabeth Haysom the killing of her parents - Derek Haysom, 72, and Nancy Haysom, 53. The wealthy steel magnate and his wife were hacked to death at their home in Bedford County, Va., in March 1985.

Chief Magistrate Sir David Hopkin ordered Soering’s extradition on June 16, but gave his lawyers the right to appeal.

Miss Haysom did not fight extradition and was returned to Virginia. She pleaded guilty to being an accessory to the murder of her parents.

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