The UK has submitted a proper request asking Georgia to extradite speedboat killer Jack Shepherd.
Shepherd, 31, is at present in jail within the Georgian capital, Tbilisi.
He was convicted of the manslaughter of Charlotte Brown, 24, after happening the run.
The speedboat they had been in overturned in icy water within the Thames in December 2015.
A courtroom listening to on the extradition is anticipated to start subsequent week, his lawyer, Tariel Kakabadze, mentioned on Fb.
A senior official in Georgia, Irakli Chilingarashvili, mentioned he was “very assured” the extradition would go forward.
Head of the Worldwide Division of the Prosecutors Workplace of Georgia, Irakli Chilingarashvili, informed the BBC the request had been obtained a few days in the past.
It was ready by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and despatched to Georgia by the Dwelling Workplace.
Mr Chilingarashvili added: “We’ll do our greatest to finalise this case efficiently and to present the likelihood to our UK colleagues to convey this individual earlier than justice in the UK.”
In January, Shepherd gave a decide in a Georgian courtroom a false deal with as he battled to keep away from extradition to the UK.
The net designer, initially from Exeter, was sentenced to 6 years in jail on the Outdated Bailey final July.