A couple that was arrested in Malta should be extradited to France, a magistrate ruled on Monday morning.
49-year-old Frenchman Alain Schmitt, the leader of a religious sect, and his fiancÃ©e, 42-year-old Belgian national Laurence Liegeois, were arrested in their Naxxar home on January 7, after a European arrest warrant was issued against them.
Back in France, Mr Schmitt headed the Minh Vacma sect, which was based in Algrange, Lorraine, close to the border with Belgium and Luxembourg. It had around 20 members when it was dissolved in June 2005 following an investigation by French police.
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Mr Schmitt and Ms Liegeois escaped custody, but were tried in absentia together with 6 other sect members.
In the trial, which was held in Thionville, former sect members testified that they were locked in the dark for several days, forced to eat dog food and drink toilet water.
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