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A man who appeared in Scottish court in a wheelchair and strapped to an oxygen cylinder has denied being an international fugitive with 16 aliases.

The man, who was found in an intensive care unit in Glasgow while being treated for Covid 19 last December, has denied being Nicholas Rossi, 34, wanted by Interpol and threatened with extradition to the United States. United over sexual assault allegation in Utah.

After a hearing before Sheriff Alistair Noble on Friday afternoon at Edinburgh Sheriff’s Court, he was remanded in custody after prosecutors described him as a “significant flight risk”.

The individual, who prosecutors believe to be Rossi, allegedly used the pseudonym Arthur Knight when he was admitted to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow for urgent treatment. He was reportedly on a ventilator in the intensive care unit when he was arrested on December 13.

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Rossi, who also used the name Nicholas Alahverdian, told US media in December 2019 that he had advanced-stage non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and had weeks to live. A number of media outlets reported that he passed away in February 2020.

Rossi is accused by Utah prosecutors of fleeing the United States to avoid a sexual assault charge in 2008. Authorities in Rhode Island said Rossi was also wanted in their state for failing to registered as a sex offender, while the FBI confirmed he was facing fraud charges in Ohio.

On Friday afternoon, the man was brought to court by paramedics wearing pajamas and socks, and his head covered by a towel.

He was originally released on bail after a virtual hearing on December 23, after appearing via video link from hospital.

But he failed to show up for a hearing on Thursday, prompting Noble to issue a warrant. Police Scotland officers arrested him again at a property in the Woodlands area of ​​Glasgow a few hours later.

On Friday, prosecutor Jennifer Johnston told Sheriff Noble the crown believed the man, whom she called Mr Rossi, should have his bail revoked.

She said the court granted the man bail because he thought he would stay at Queen Elizabeth Hospital for ‘several weeks’ for treatment, but in fact he pulled out from the hospital the next day.

Johnston said police and hospital staff had identified the man as Nicholas Rossi from tattoos on his body, but fingerprints had yet to be taken.

During the proceedings, the man could be heard shouting “that’s not true”, and at one point paramedics were called back to court to monitor his well-being.

Johnston said he was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for evaluation after his arrest on Thursday, where a senior doctor found he was well enough to report to court and continue “oxygen therapy”.

There will be a procedural hearing at Edinburgh Sheriff’s Court on February 10, with a full hearing on whether the man should be extradited on February 17.

The Edinburgh Courts Agency and The Associated Press contributed to this report

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