Yearly Archives: 2019

21st Oct 2019

Julian Assange extradition: judge refuses request for delay

Julian Assange appeared today with his legal team at a case management hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. Lawyers for Mr Assange were seeking a postponement of his extradition hearing in order to gather and submit further evidence. Mark Summers QC, Mr Assange’s barrister, told the court the defence needed three more months to gather evidence […]

15th Oct 2019

New extradition legislation announced in Queen’s Speech

On Monday 14 October Queen Elizabeth II delivered her 65th Queen’s Speech as part of the State Opening of Parliament. The speech sets out the government’s legislative agenda for the new parliamentary session. The speech outlined 26 pieces of proposed legislation, encompassing subject matters ranging from health to criminal justice and Brexit. The Extradition (Provisional […]

6th Oct 2019

Australia refuses US extradition request for Iranian academic

Australia has refused the US request to order the extradition of an Iranian national accused of selling US equipment to Iran in violation of sanctions. Reza Dehbashi Kivi, a doctoral student at the University of Queensland, was arrested in September 2018 on suspicion of exporting American-made military equipment to Iran. The US sought his extradition […]

4th Oct 2019

US and UK enter new evidence sharing agreement

The United States and the United Kingdom have entered into the first agreement made under the US Cloud Act, which is designed to improve investigators’ ease of access to electronic material held outside their jurisdiction. The agreement was signed by Home Secretary Priti Patel and US Attorney General William P Barr in Washington DC on […]

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 […]

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