Yearly Archives: 2015

22nd Dec 2015

Arrest Warrant Issued by Albania for Businessman Francesco Becchetti

On 4 November 2015, it was reported that Italian businessman, and owner of the League Two football club, Leyton Orient, Francesco Becchetti, had been arrested in the United Kingdom, following an arrest warrant issued by the Albanian government. A report is here. Allegations Mr Becchetti, his mother, and two business associates are accused of fraud-related […]

22nd Dec 2015

Serious Fraud Office Confirms FIFA Investigation

On 27 October 2015, the Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), in the United Kingdom, David Green QC, confirmed that his agency is looking into potential money laundering offences in the United Kingdom, in relation to the FIFA corruption investigation. However, the SFO has not opened a criminal investigation into the matter, to date, […]

22nd Dec 2015

MPs Vote in Favour of Giving Snowden Asylum in the EU

On 29 October 2015, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), during a plenary session of the European Parliament, voted 285 to 281 in favour of a (non-binding) resolution that Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower, should be allowed to seek asylum in the European Union. The press release is here. Background In a […]

22nd Dec 2015

No Extradition to the United States from Poland for Roman Polanski

On 30 October 2015, the Kraków District Court, in Poland, rejected an application by authorities in the United States for the extradition of the filmmaker, Roman Polanski, in connection with a sexual assault on a 13-year-old girl in 1977. A report is here. A previous blog on the Polanski case is here. Judgment, 30 October […]

28th Oct 2015

Budzik v Regional Court Tarnow (Poland) [2015] EWHC 2856 (Admin)

On 12 October 2015, the Administrative Court dismissed the appeal against the order for extradition, against Grzegorz Budzik, from the United Kingdom to Poland, pursuant to a European Arrest Warrant (EAW), to serve a sentence of one year and two months’ imprisonment for fraud offences. The Administrative Court held that there was no basis for […]

28th Oct 2015

FIFA Update: Six Developments Concerning Jack Warner, Sepp Blatter, Eduardo Li, Rafael Esquivel, Costas Takkas and Julio Rocha

In six significant developments in the FIFA corruption investigation: Jack Warner Hearing Postponed On 25 September 2015, authorities in Trinidad and Tobago postponed the extradition hearing of former FIFA Vice President, Jack Warner, to 2 December 2015. A report is here. This followed a request by Mr Warner’s lawyers for more time, in order to […]

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