Category: United Kingdom

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 […]

13th Aug 2019

CASE SUMMARY: Romania v Sandu [2019] EWHC 2208 (Admin)

Background facts The appellant, the Romanian judicial authority, appealed against a decision of District Judge Goldspring to order the discharge of Mr Sandu, the respondent. The extradition request, pursuant to an EAW, sought the respondent’s extradition to face a sentence of one years’ imprisonment for an offence of failing to provide a specimen for analysis […]

12th Aug 2019

Mark Acklom jailed for 5 years and 8 months

On 7 August 2019 Mark Acklom was sentenced to 5 years’ 8 months imprisonment at Bristol Crown Court. Mr Acklom was convicted of defrauding Carolyn Wood by dishonestly claiming he was a Swiss banker, who worked for MI6 and promising he was legally able to marry Ms Woods. Mr Acklom induced Ms Woods into giving […]

19th Jul 2019

Dr Vijay Mallya’s appeal to be heard in February 2020

Dr Vijay Mallya’s appeal against his extradition to India will be heard in the UK High Court from 11-13 February 2020. On 2 July 2019, Dr Mallya was granted his application to appeal the Extradition Order after an oral hearing before a panel of judges. In that hearing, Dr Mallya’s lawyers argued that Senior District […]

17th Jul 2019

Hasheem Abedi’s extradition confirmed from Libya

Today, 17 July 2019, Hasheem Abedi, the brother of suspected Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi, was extradited from Libya to the UK. The Interior Minister’s office in Tripoli confirmed that Mr Abedi was extradited on a flight which left Mitiga Airport at 10:30 BST. Mr Abedi landed in the UK and was immediately arrested on […]

8th Jul 2019

Indian extradition request for Arti Dhir and Kaval Raijada denied by Westminster Magistrates’ Court

On 2 July 2019, Senior District Judge Emma Arbuthnot, the Chief Magistrate, handed down her judgment at Westminster Magistrates’ Court refusing the extradition of Arti Dhir and Kaval Raijada. Indian authorities have requested the extradition of Mrs Dhir and Mr Raijada for the alleged murder of their adopted son, Gopal Sejani, and Mr Raijada’s brother-in- […]

8th Jul 2019

ISIS Beatles trial delayed

The extradition of two suspected ISIS Jihadists, Alexanda Koey and El Shafee Elsheikh has been delayed prompting fears that they will not face trial in the US this summer. In January 2019, Maha Elgizouli, mother of suspected ISIS member, El Shafee Elsheikh, lost her High Court claim to challenge the UK government’s decision to share […]

1st Jul 2019

CASE SUMMARY: Benmaimun v France [2019] EWHC 1798 (Admin)

Background facts The appellant appealed against an order for his extradition to France to face a charge in respect of an alleged offence of escape of an inmate on temporary absence. It was submitted that the time the appellant had spent in custody awaiting extradition meant that the extradition would now be oppressive pursuant to […]

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