In the High Court: Successful Appeal Against Extradition

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In the High Court: Successful Appeal Against Extradition


Katerina Tsibouklis, instructing George Hepburne-Scott of Church Court Chambers, secured the discharge of a requested person following an extradition appeal in the High Court.

Mr N was a requested person convicted in Poland for offences against property in 2002. He was sentenced in his absence in 2003. Mr N subsequently moved to the United Kingdom, where he resided for some 20 years before being arrested and brought before the Court pursuant to an extradition warrant which was issued by the Polish authorities. Since arriving in the United Kingdom in 2002, Mr N had never been in trouble with the police. He had worked at the same company for 19 years.

Mr N’s extradition was ordered following a full hearing before the Westminster Extradition Court. Katerina and George appealed that decision.

Katerina and George successfully argued that Mr N’s extradition to Poland would interfere with his Article 8 rights. They also made submissions regarding the excessive delay in issuing the extradition warrant. Katerina successfully obtained evidence to rebut the CPS assertions that Mr N was a fugitive. The evidence was adduced as fresh evidence on appeal.

Ultimately, the efforts of Mr N’s defence team led to the discharge of Mr N in the High Court.

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