Fall and winter in Eastern Europe can be exquisitely dreary, punctuated by day after day of rain and drizzle under an umbrella of grey.
On Saturday, it was cloudy in Budapest with temperatures just touching a chilly 4C.
Probably not exactly what accused Millennial Bonnie and Clyde killer Oliver Karafa had in mind when he embarked for Hungary on a summer jolly that ended in handcuffs.
The 28-year-old is caged in a Budapest prison as his lengthy extradition procedure winds it’s way through the Hungarian court system. And sources in that country say that rich kid Karafa will fight his extradition “to the bitter end.”
“He’ll do whatever it takes to avoid being sent back to Canada,” one source said. “Karafa’s lawyers are throwing up a lot of smoke about the dangers he faces if he’s returned to Canada but … there’s not a lot of evidence for that argument.”
Karafa and gal pal Lucy Li are accused of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Tyler Pratt, 39, in February in a Stoney Creek industrial area.
Pratt’s fiance was also shot but survived. Sadly, the baby she was carrying died.
Cops were on to Karafa and Li fast but by that time they had flown out of the country. None of the charges have been proven in court.
Li — an “influencer” and the daughter of a powerful businesswoman with ties to the Liberal government — waived extradition in June and is currently caged in Canada waiting for the show to get rolling.
She is waiting on her paramour: Oliver Karafa.
“There was a court hearing in September at which Oliver’s local counsel raised various concerns about his safety if transferred to Canada,” a source told The Toronto Sun. “They also raised some concerns about corruption in the Hamilton police force on the basis of some articles that had been published earlier.”
Karafa’s next hearing “will probably be in November or December at the latest, by which time the Hungarian side will most likely have the response from the Canadian authorities regarding the points raised by his local counsel in September.”
But Karafa has one card left to play.
“If the Budapest Metropolitan Court rules that he can be extradited, he still has recourse via an appeal to the High Court,” the Hungarian source said.
“If the High Court agrees with the Metropolitan Court, he will be extraditable, however, as I mentioned earlier, the final word is with the Minister of Justice, since extradition is a ‘hybrid’ process involving both the Judiciary and the Executive.”
Karafa — whose parents live in Slovakia — would have been better off staying with his wealthy mommy and daddy. But we’ve been around this block before, in 2012 to be exact, when the “entitled” young man was jailed for five years for a drunk driving crash that killed his friend.
He does not have much to look forward to in Canada. It is likely that Li will flip and testify against Karafa.
Cops remain tight-lipped about the motive behind the murders.
According to the forecast, the weather this week in Budapest looks promising. Sun is in the forecast for Monday.
For Karafa, the clouds will remain for the foreseeable future.