Monthly Archives: February 2020

27th Feb 2020

Assange unhappy with treatment during extradition hearing

During this week’s four days of legal argument in the Julian Assange extradition case, a number of issues were raised by Mr Assange and his legal team in respect of his treatment and ability to partake effectively in proceedings. On the second morning of the hearing, counsel for Mr Assange, complained that his client had, […]

27th Feb 2020

Assange legal team says extradition is ‘political’

Much of the legal argument heard by District Judge Baraitser this week at Woolwich Crown Court centred on whether the offences with which Julian Assange is charged amount to ‘political offences’ and if so, what effect that has on the legality of the US extradition request. Counsel for Mr Assange, told the court that the […]

24th Feb 2020

Julian Assange extradition hearing begins

Julian Assange appeared today at Woolwich Crown Court to begin his fight against extradition to the US. Mr Assange is charged with 17 counts of conspiracy, the obtaining and disclosure of national defence information contrary to the Espionage Act 1917, and one further count of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion. If convicted, Mr Assange faces […]

15th Feb 2020

CASE SUMMARY: R V Chawla [2020] EWHC 102 (Admin)

Background facts The applicant (C) applied for permission to appeal to the High Court against the decision of District Judge Crane sitting at Westminster Magistrates’ Court to send C’s case to the Secretary of State for the Home Department (“SSHD”) for a decision on whether to order extradition to India. C sought leave to appeal, […]

14th Feb 2020

US issues new charges against Meng Wanzhou

The US has issued a superseding indictment, in respect of Meng Wanzhou, detailing 16 additional charges of conspiracy to commit racketeering and steal trade secrets. Ms Meng is currently resisting extradition proceedings in Canada which would see her sent to the US to face trial. The US Department of Justice said in its press release […]

13th Feb 2020

Eamonn Harrison granted leave to appeal against extradition

A High Court judge in Dublin has granted Eamon Harrison permission to appeal against the decision to order his extradition to the UK last month. Mr Harrison is facing 39 charges of manslaughter and two conspiracy charges in connection with the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrant workers found in a refrigerated container in Essex on […]

13th Feb 2020

Vijay Mallya fights extradition

Former billionaire Vijay Mallya was in court in the High Court London on 11, 12 and 13 February 2020 to appeal against an order for his extradition to India to face charges of fraud. Mr Mallya’s extradition was approved by Secretary of State Sajid Javid in February 2019. Mr Mallya is wanted in connection with […]

8th Feb 2020

Extradition of Zana Rahim and Bakr Hamad to Italy ordered

District Judge Zani, on 6 February 2020, ordered the extradition to Italy of Zana Rahim and Bakr Hamad. Both have been convicted by the Bolzano Assize Court in absentia, however, as Italian law does not treat these convictions as final, both Requested Persons retained the status of ‘accused’ for the purpose of deciding whether to […]

8th Feb 2020

Jabir Motiwala to be extradited to the US

District Judge Zani, on 6 February 2020, found Jabir Motiwala’s extradition to the US to be compatible with his Convention Rights within the meaning of the Human Rights Act 1998. Further, the judge found there to be no bars to his extradition and sent the matter to the Secretary of State for her to make […]

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