George Hepburne Scott wins 4 substantive High Court Extradition Appeals in four months

By: George Hepburne Scott March 28, 2023

On 28 March 2023, George’s Slovakian client was discharged by Saini J on a ground relating to s.20 re-trial rights. Essentially the Saini J agreed with George’s submission that the re-trial rights of the appellant were not guaranteed. The client will not now be extradited to face the outstanding sentence of 6 years and 4 months for fraud.

On 22 March 2023, George’s client was discharged by Sir Ross Cranston following a successful appeal against an extradition order on Article 8 grounds. The previous counsel had advised that the appeal was hopeless and caused the previous solicitors to withdraw! The client will not now face extradition to serve the outstanding sentence of 2 years 2 months for drugs offences.

On 14 February 2023, George’s Polish client was discharged on appeal by Steyn J who upheld the defence argument under s.14 passage of time. The client will not now face extradition to Poland to face a £635,000 fraud allegation.

On 2 December 2023, George’s Polish client was discharged on a Lithuanian warrant that alleged that he had been involved in an organised crime group that planned to move 64kg of cannabis from Spain to Germany via France. Fordham J upheld George’s argument made on s.64 (dual-criminality) grounds.



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