Yearly Archives: 2019

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 […]

22nd Aug 2019

Meng Wanzhou extradition given “Authority to Proceed”

On 20 August 2019, in Vancouver, Attorneys acting for Meng Wanzhou attempted to halt her extradition case on the grounds that she was unlawfully detained by the US and Canadian authorities. Ms Wanzhou’s legal team claim that US and Canadian officials planned a “covert criminal investigation” to unlawfully detain, search and interrogate her. They claim […]

13th Aug 2019

CASE SUMMARY: Romania v Sandu [2019] EWHC 2208 (Admin)

Background facts The appellant, the Romanian judicial authority, appealed against a decision of District Judge Goldspring to order the discharge of Mr Sandu, the respondent. The extradition request, pursuant to an EAW, sought the respondent’s extradition to face a sentence of one years’ imprisonment for an offence of failing to provide a specimen for analysis […]

12th Aug 2019

Brazilian Supreme Court refuses to extradite Ali Sipahi to Turkey

On 6 August 2019 the Brazilian Supreme Court handed down judgment in the case of Ali Siphai. Mr Siphai is allegedly a member of Hizmet, a moderate Islamic movement inspired by the Turkish preacher, Fethullah Gulen. Hizmet is listed as a terrorist organisation in Turkey. Brazil’s Supreme Court rejected Turkey’s request for his extradition stating […]

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