Category: United Kingdom

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 […]

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 […]

1st Jun 2020

Julian Assange ‘too ill’ to attend case management hearing

Lawyers for Julian Assange stated that ill-health was the reason for their client’s failure to attend the latest case management hearing in the ongoing extradition proceedings against him. Mr Assange’s health, according to his spokesperson, has declined in recent weeks and he has lost weight. He is reported to have been transferred to the medical […]

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 […]

15th May 2020

Coronavirus and amendments to extradition procedure

The Coronavirus Act 2020 has amended the Extradition Act 2003 (“the 2003 Act”) to temporarily extend the use of live-link technology in extradition proceedings. For two years from the date of commencement, 25 March 2020, a person may attend extradition proceedings by live link where the judge is satisfied that “it is in the interests […]

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