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Maria Karaiskos appeared at Southwark Crown Court in a multi-million pound money laundering case. Maria’s client was a ‘cash courier’ who had taken over £10m to Dubai during numerous trips in 2018.
The case was brought by the National Crime Agency who stopped the defendant at Stansted Airport as he attempted to board a flight. In mitigation and in order to assist the judge, Maria provided a detailed, written sentencing note which drew on her excellent knowledge of the ‘Fraud, Bribery and Money Laundering’ Sentencing Guidelines. She argued, successfully, that the principle of totality, and the delay in charging the defendant, meant that it would not be in the interests of justice for his sentence to fall within the Guidelines at all.
The Judge agreed and exceptionally imposed a sentence of two years imprisonment.
Maria was instructed by Mustafa Ilguy from Haslaw Solicitors in this case.
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