Category: United States

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 […]

16th Mar 2022

Supreme Court reject Julian Assange’s appeal

On 15th March 2022, the UK Supreme Court refused an application for permission to appeal by Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange. Mr. Assange is wanted in the US on 17 counts of espionage, and one charge of computer misuse relating to his alleged role in the unauthorised attainment and disclosure of national defence information and computer […]

11th Mar 2022

Russia’s access to INTERPOL restricted

On 10th March 2022, INTERPOL announced that heightened supervision and monitoring measures in relation to Russia had been implemented by the Secretary General and endorsed by INTERPOL’s Executive Committee. The measures, which have taken immediate effect, and were implemented following calls from Ukraine, the UK, and others for Russia’s complete suspension from INTERPOL (covered by […]

28th Jan 2022

CASE SUMMARY: R. (on the application of Lynch) v Westminster Magistrates’ Court [2022] EWHC 142 (Admin)

Background On 26 January 2022, Mr Justice Swift dismissed a judicial review application by Autonomy founder, Michael Lynch, challenging the District Judge Snow’s refusal to extend the time permitted for the Secretary of State for the Home Department (‘SSHD’) to decide whether to order his extradition to the USA. Lynch has been indicted on 17 […]

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