Monthly Archives: June 2020

29th Jun 2020

US returns second superseding indictment in Assange case

The US Department of Justice last week returned a second superseding indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The indictment dated 24 June 2020 does not contain any additional charges to the 18-count superseding indictment returned last year. It does, however, widen the scope of the alleged conspiracy to include accusations that Mr Assange recruited hackers […]

24th Jun 2020

US seeking extradition of Abraaj Group founder from UK

Extradition proceedings issued by the US Government in respect of Pakistani businessman and former Abraaj Group Chief Executive, Arif Naqvi, began this week at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. Mr Naqvi is wanted by US prosecutors to stand trial on charges of fraud and money laundering. It is alleged that as Chief Executive of Abraaj Group, Mr […]

19th Jun 2020

China charges two detained Canadian citizens with espionage

Chinese officials today confirmed that they have charged former diplomat, Michael Kovrig and businessman, Michael Spavor with espionage. Mr Kovrig and Mr Spavor have been detained in China since their arrests in December 2018, which came in the wake of the arrest of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver. The pair are accused […]

17th Jun 2020

Ghosn accomplices argue “bail jumping” not an extraditable offence

Lawyers for American father and son Michael and Peter Taylor, who are wanted in Japan in connection with former Nissan Director Carlos Ghosn’s escape from Japanese custody on 30 December 2019, have argued that they cannot be extradited as the crime for which they were arrested,  that of aiding a “bail jumping”, does not exist […]

16th Jun 2020

Meng Wanzhou raises new arguments in extradition fight

Lawyers for Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, have raised new arguments in their ongoing bid to prevent her extradition to the US from Canada. Ms Meng’s legal team is seeking to have proceedings stayed as an abuse of process on the grounds that the case submitted by the US is “grossly inaccurate” and […]

12th Jun 2020

Eamon Harrison loses latest challenge to extradition

The Irish Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of the High Court to order Eamon Harrison’s extradition to the UK. Mr Harrison is sought to stand trial on 39 counts of manslaughter and one count of conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration, following the deaths of 39 Vietnamese nationals found in a trailer in Essex […]

11th Jun 2020

Vijay Mallya applies for UK asylum

Indian businessman Vijay Mallya, who is facing extradition to India after the High Court rejected his appeal in April 2020 and he was refused permission to appeal to the Supreme Court, has reportedly applied for asylum in the UK pursuant to Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (“ECHR”) which prohibits “inhuman or […]

8th Jun 2020

US issues MLA request to question Prince Andrew

The US Department of Justice has reportedly made a formal request for mutual legal assistance (“MLA”) to the UK Home Office to facilitate the questioning of Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, about his ties to Jeffrey Epstein. Mr Epstein, who died while in custody last year, is alleged to have been at the centre […]

3rd Jun 2020

Japan issues formal extradition request for Ghosn accomplices

Japanese authorities have made a formal request to the US Department of State for the extradition of ex-Green Beret (US Special Forces) Michael Taylor and his son Peter Taylor, the pair suspected of facilitating former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn’s escape from Japanese custody, in December 2019. Mr Ghosn was under house arrest awaiting trial on […]

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