While the PPS were looking for Zaitschek to be extradited back to Northern Ireland, he said after a while it “became obvious to me there a few years back that it didn’t seem like they were going to extradite me at all,” he said.
Yet he could never move on. His son was in Ireland, but if he went back to try and find him he risked being arrested for something he claims he never did.
“It has really been a non-stop battle,” he said. “The PSNI really interfered with my relationship with my son.
“I was very close to my son. I always wanted to be a father and when he was around me on a regular basis it was the happiest time of my life, I love him very much.”
Zaitschek said many questions must be answered to now.
“The whole thing was a sham from the beginning. Really just unbelievable what I’ve gone through and people, when I tell them, just can’t believe it,” he said.
Zaitschek feels that the PSNI had a political agenda all this time. “They were just trying to bring the peace process down. They had their own political agenda,” he said.
“I really miss Belfast and my family and friends over there. I can’t wait to go back, but I will await my lawyer’s advice on that one for now,” he said.
Zaitschek said he will seek justice for what he has been put through. “I’m going to take my time, that is for sure, and not rush in, but there is no way I’m going to let them (PSNI) off the hook,” he said.
Zaitschek said he would not have gotten through the last seven years without the support of the Irish American community in New York.
“So many people helped me out, organized events, helped me put a website together and a committee. Those people are really dear to me, especially Eamonn Dornan who guided me though all this,” he said.