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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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