A man accused of murdering a woman in Switzerland in 2000
made a brief appearance in Auckland District Court this
The 42-year-old man, originally from Sri Lanka, was granted
continued name suppression by Judge Barry Gibson until a bail
hearing on September 24.
The man had lived in New Zealand for 13 years before being
arrested last week over the killing of the woman, said to be
his partner, in Basel, Switzerland, 14 years ago.
Kavitha Kandiah, 23, also from Sri Lanka, was found stabbed
to death in the kitchen of her Basel apartment in December
The man was arrested in Auckland last Tuesday morning after
an international search involving Interpol, Auckland police
and Swiss authorities.
The small-business owner had been living in New Zealand since
2001, police said.
Swiss media had reported that the accused man had worked as a
waiter in a Basel restaurant but disappeared shortly after