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16th Jan 2023

Turkey’s extradition demands threaten Western security

Turkey is once again jeopardising Swedish accession to NATO over extradition of individuals linked to the Gülen movement from Sweden. On Wednesday Hulusi Akar, the Turkish defence minister stated that “There are commitments signed by Sweden and Finland … they must be fulfilled … the memorandum is a beginning, not an end. After these are […]

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10th Jan 2023

The EU moves towards digitisation of legal activity within the community

The Council of the European Union has taken a step towards digitalisation of legal procedures throughout the European community, with proposals agreed in December. This forms part of the EU’s ongoing, post-Covid, project to transition many of the Union’s processes online. As regards the digitalisation of legal matters, the Council has noted the increasing use […]

21st Jul 2022

Lady Justice’s Sword of Damocles: Erdogan puts pressure on Stockholm after Sweden’s Supreme Court prevents extradition

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has threatened that Turkey may still block Swedish membership of NATO following reports of a Swedish Supreme Court decision blocking the extradition of Yilmaz Aytan. Aytan, who ran a school in Afghansitan founded by the Gülen movement, has had permanent residency in Sweden since 2018. He requested asylum following […]

6th Jul 2022

Extradition for Accession: Turkey demands extradition of 33 individuals in return for accepting Sweden and Finland’s accession to NATO

Turkey has renewed efforts to extradite 33 individuals it designates as terrorists from Sweden and Finland following the signing of a trilateral memorandum between the countries removing Turkey’s veto on the Nordic nations’ accession to NATO. The Agreement In the memorandum, signed on 28 June 2022, Sweden and Finland have agreed, at clause 8, to: […]

28th Jun 2022

A new dimension in international plea-bargaining? Megaupload pair plead guilty in New Zealand to avoid extradition to the USA

Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk pleaded guilty to charges of causing artists to lose money by deception and being part of a criminal group at the Auckland High Court on 22 June 2022. Both men were officers in the file-hosting website Megaupload, which allowed people to illegally download songs, television shows and films. […]

1st Jun 2022

CASE SUMMARY: El Omari v International Criminal Police Organisation (“INTERPOL”)

Background On May 24, 2022, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit upheld a decision by the District Court for the Eastern District of New York (“District Court”) which found that for the purposes of the International Organization Immunities Act (“IOIA”), INTERPOL qualified as a public international organization (“PIO”) and was therefore entitled to immunity […]

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