Category: France

31st Mar 2021

Home Office confirms ten EU countries will not extradite nationals to UK

  In a letter sent to the EU Security and Justice Sub-Committee of the House of Lords earlier this month, the Home Office confirmed that ten EU States will opt-in to the nationality exception in Title VII of Part 3 of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement 2020 (“the TCA”), which makes provision for post-Brexit surrender […]

5th Nov 2020

Former Barclays trader successfully resists extradition to UK

The Court d’appeal de Paris (appellate court), on 4 November 2020, refused the UK extradition request in respect of former Barclays trader Phillippe Moryoussef, and ordered his discharge on the grounds that the conduct contained in the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) was not a crime in France at the time it occurred. Mr Moryoussef was […]

15th Oct 2020

Irish court refuses third French request to extradite Ian Bailey

The Irish High Court has, for the third time, refused French authorities’ request to extradite Ian Bailey to serve a 25 year sentence for the murder of French filmmaker Sophie Toscan du Planitier in Schull, West Cork in 1996. The first request for Mr Bailey’s extradition was made in 2010 but the decision to order […]

12th Aug 2020

Hong Kong halts extradition arrangements with France and Germany

Hong Kong announced on Wednesday 12 August that it had suspended extradition arrangements with France and Germany. The announcement comes in the wake of corresponding announcements by the two European Member States in response to the imposition by China of controversial national security legislation on the region. Germany announced the suspension of extradition to Hong […]

4th Aug 2020

France will not ratify Hong Kong extradition treaty

The French Foreign Ministry announced in a statement released yesterday, 3 August, that it will not proceed with the ratification of the extradition agreement between France and Hong Kong, signed on 4 May 2017. The decision was taken in response to the imposition by Beijing of the controversial national security law on the region, which […]

23rd May 2020

David Noakes arrested

British businessman David Noakes, whose extradition to France on nine charges (including the marketing of unauthorised medicines) was ordered on 7 November 2019, was arrested in Cornwall on 20 May 2020 after five months as a fugitive. Mr Noakes was previously sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment in the UK after he pleaded guilty in 2018 […]

23rd Mar 2020

US critical of prisoner exchange between France and Iran

  The Trump administration has criticised the ‘unilateral’ decision of French authorities to release Iranian citizen Jalal Rohollahnejad, who is the subject of a US extradition request, in an apparent prisoner exchange with Iran. A French court had in May 2019 approved Mr Rohollahnejad’s extradition to the US. Mr Rohollahnejad is wanted to stand trial […]

28th Jan 2020

France charges Alexander Vinnik with money laundering

Russian national Alexander Vinnik has been extradited from Greece to France, where he is charged with extortion, aggravated money laundering and harming automated data-processing systems. He is alleged to have defrauded more than 100 people in six French cities Mr Vinnik has been involved in a multi-jurisdictional battle with France, the US and Russia, all […]

17th Dec 2019

France renews attempt to extradite Ian Bailey

On Monday 16 December, Ian Bailey was arrested and subsequently granted bail after the High Court in Dublin gave effect to a European Arrest Warrant (“EAW”) issued by French Authorities. This is the third warrant issued for Mr Bailey’s extradition in relation to the 1996 murder of French film-maker Sophie Toscan du Plantier in Co […]

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