Extradition

 

Extradition is the process where one country requests the return of individuals either accused of criminal offences or are wanted to serve a sentence.

The law around extradition is complex and the process itself can be traumatic, often a punishment in itself. The UK has also regrettably removed many of the safeguards which protect our British residents from extradition requests.

This makes it vital that clients use lawyers, like Lloyds PR Solicitors, who have a track record for providing the best advice and fighting fearlessly for clients.

We have dealt with some of the UK’s most serious and complex extradition cases, representing clients in the magistrates’ court and the High Court. Our successes include:

  • Successfully making an out of time extradition appeal for our clients.

We provide both the litigation and advocacy in-house, and each case has a team of lawyers working on it. We will unpick and challenge the police and prosecution’s case, including the legality of the arrest warrant and the compatibility with the Human Rights Act 1998.

 

We encourage clients to contact us as early as possible for assistance in extradition cases, as this is often an advantage. If you think we can help you, or someone you know, please contact us on 0208 963 1050 or info@lloydspr.com.

 

Our recent cases include:

FIRST INSTANCE - MAGISTRATES’ COURT

  • HUNGARY v M Westminster Magistrates' Court

Court persuaded to withdraw European Arrest Warrant issued in connection with human trafficking allegations due to the client’s serious illness

  • Lithuania v G Westminster Magistrates' Court

A European Arrest Warrant was issued pursuant to convictions of robbery and driving offences. It was successfully discharged on Article 8 grounds (right to family and private life)

  • Romania v C, Westminster Magistrates’ Court

Extradition was sought pursuant to three convictions in 2009 of driving offences and criminal damaged. It was successfully resisted on human rights grounds

  • Moldova v C, Westminster Magistrates' Court

Extradition successfully resisted on the basis that Moldova applied for the incorrect arrest warrant and the fraud offence C was accused of committing was not an offence under English law

 

APPEALS – HIGH COURT

  • D v Germany, High Court

Leading case in relation to the new section 12A of the Extradition Act 2003 (“Absence of prosecution decision”). The warrant against the client was successfully discharged on grounds of section 12A, as well as Article 8 (right to family and private life)

  • E v Italy, High Court

Leading case with respect to Italian prison assurances. Client was requested by Italy following a conviction and sentence for rape

  • Mo  S v Romania, High Court

Successfully discharged an accusation European Arrest Warrant on appeal arguing particularity grounds (a large multinational fraud conspiracy where the client was said to be the leader of the criminal organisation)

The second only extradition request from Azerbaijan which was opposed on Article 3 (prohibition of torture and inhumane treatment) and Article 6 (right to a fair trial), as well as oppression

  • P v Poland, High, Court

An extradition appeal with respect to specific medical treatment only available in the UK