Monthly Archives: September 2019

30th Sep 2019

CASE SUMMARY: Avadanei v France [2019] EWHC 2534 (Admin)

Background facts The appellant, a Romanian national, appealed against an order for his extradition to France pursuant to an accusation EAW relating to a total of 35 offences of alleged theft in an organised gang. The EAW was supplemented by two sets of further information. After receipt of the first set of further information, an […]

26th Sep 2019

Zamira Hajiyeva successfully resists extradition to Azerbaijan

Westminster Magistrates’ Court, on Thursday 26 September, refused the Republic of Azerbaijan’s request to order the extradition of Zamira Hajiyeva, wife of the former chairman of the International Bank of Azerbaijan (“IBA”), and ordered her discharge. Senior District Judge Emma Arbuthnot, the Chief Magistrate, held that Mrs Hajiyeva’s extradition would be incompatible with her rights […]

18th Sep 2019

Spain rejects US request to extradite Hugo Carvajal

On Monday 16 September, Spain’s highest criminal court (“Audiencia National”) ordered the release of Major General Hugo Carvajal, the former intelligence chief of Venezuela, after it rejected an American request to extradite him to the US on charges of drug trafficking. Mr Carvajal served as military intelligence chief for several years under Hugo Chávez, the […]

4th Sep 2019

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam to withdraw extradition bill

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced today her intention to formally withdraw the controversial extradition bill that sparked three months of unrest in the city. The extradition bill was first announced in April and would have introduced a case-by-case model allowing for the extradition of suspects to any jurisdiction with which Hong Kong […]

3rd Sep 2019

Outgoing and incoming Chairs of the Egmont Group critical of the current mutual legal assistance system

Hennie Verbeek-Kusters, outgoing Chair of the Egmont Group, a collective of 164 financial intelligence units (“FIUs”), and her successor Mariano Federici have expressed concerns regarding the efficacy of cross-border investigations that are suffering as a result of uncooperative jurisdictions and an unsatisfactory mutual legal assistance framework. Ms Verbeek-Kusters told the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic […]

2nd Sep 2019

Aman Vyas to be extradited from India to the UK

The Delhi High Court has dismissed the petition of Indian national, Aman Vyas, to challenge the decision of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate to recommend his extradition to the UK to face trial on charges of murder, rape and three counts of sexual assault. Mr Vyas is accused of the 2009 murder and rape of Michelle […]

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