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Albanian murder suspect siblings to stay in Sweden

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Swedish prosecutors have elected not to extradite two siblings suspected of carrying out several murders in Albania because of concerns that their safety can't be guaranteed.

Both were taken into custody in western Sweden on international arrest warrants and have been caught up in the Swedish legal system as courts have tried to determine whether the 45-year-old woman and her 70-year-old brother should be sent back to Albania.

The woman, who was arrested in Sweden in April, had previously been sentenced by a judge in Albania to 25 years in prison for crimes carried out in 2002, including the killing of two men to avenge her brother's death.

The head public prosecutor in Sweden has decided against extraditing the woman, however, because of concerns that Albania won't be able to protect her from further acts of revenge.

The government had made a similar decision earlier about the woman's brother, who is also suspected of murder in Albania.

He had been held in detention centre near Alingsås in western Sweden but was released after the government ruled that he should not be extradited.

The woman and her brother are believed to have been committed a total of five murders and seven attempted murders related to an ongoing feud in the Albanian town of Bajram Curri, according to the Borås Tidning newspaper.

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