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A Lithuanian man who kidnapped and murdered his ex-wife before dumping her body in Poland has failed in a bid to clear his name.

Rimas Venclovas was jailed for life for killing Vitalija Baliutaviciene who was kidnapped in Peterborough in 2011.

His lawyers argued the English courts had no power to bring him to justice, as there was no evidence the victim was killed in this country.

But the bid was rejected by the Appeal Court judges.

They said the law did allow such a prosecution and the conviction was “safe”.

Venclovas, 48, travelled across Europe to the UK and snatched 29-year-old Ms Baliutaviciene from a street as she made her way to work in the early hours of the morning.

He was jailed for life at the Old Bailey last November.

At London’s Criminal Appeal Court, Venclovas’ barrister, Michael Mansfield QC, said his client was not a UK citizen and should not have been prosecuted in the UK for an act which was “primarily and substantially” committed outside the jurisdiction of England and Wales.

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