German extradition of Roman Pisciotti did not breach anti-discrimination principles, rules CJEU

The CJEU today ruled that Germany were right to extradite Roman Pisciotti to the US. Mr Pisciotti was accused of anti-trust offences which took place in Florida between 1999 and 2006. A Florida court issued a warrant for his arrest in 2010 and he was eventually arrested at Frankfurt airport in 2013. Germany extradited Mr Pisciotti to the US in 2014 where he served a 2-year prison sentence. In the CJEU, his lawyers argued that as he is an EU citizen he should have been treated equally to German citizens and therefore not extradited to the US as Article 16 of Germany’s Basic Law prevents Germans from being extradited other than to other EU Member States. Therefore, despite being Italian, Mr Pisciotti argued that when in Germany he was entitled under EU law to the same protection as a German citizen. The CJEU decided that Germany’s decision to extradite Mr Pisciotti did not breach EU anti-discrimination principles and that such principles should not be used in a way that would result in individuals being granted immunity from justice throughout the EU. The effect of the CJEU judgement is that Germany does not have to offer all EU citizens the same protection from extradition as it does its own citizens. However, the court held that where the extradition of an EU citizen was requested by a 3rd country, outside of the EU, from an EU Member State that would not ordinarily extradite its own citizens to that 3rd country, the authorities of that Member State should first enquire with requested person’s country of citizenship whether it wished to prosecute him for the offence that was the subject of the extradition request. If his country of citizenship declined, then extradition to the 3rd country could follow.

Michael Herba wins right to appeal against extradition to Italy in Chloe Ayling case

Michael Herba, a suspect in the kidnapping of British model Chloe Ayling, has been granted the right to appeal against his extradition from the UK to Italy (see previous blog). Mr Herba maintains that the kidnapping itself was a sham, and that he was not involved in any event. Granting him leave to appeal, the High Court said that it was reasonably arguable that the Italian authorities had provided inadequate details of how Mr Herba was said to have participated the alleged kidnapping.

Mr Herba’s lawyers have said that they will renew their objection that the case is a sham, and will also argue that, if extradited, Mr Herba will not receive a fair trial.

Judge rules that Michal Herba should be extradited to Italy from UK

We previously reported that Michal Herba was challenging Italy’s request that he be extradited from the UK to face allegations of being involved in the kidnapping of model Chloe Ayling. A judge has now ruled against him, and his case will be referred to the High Court. Herba’s lawyers had argued that the entire case was a publicity stunt, but District Judge Paul Goldspring said of the “open source” material they relied on that it was “not evidence to support it being a sham”.

Lawyers fighting extradition to Italy from UK argue underlying case may be a publicity stunt

Michal Herba, fighting a request to extradite him from the UK to Italy where he faces allegations of kidnapping model Chloe Ayling, has said that the case against him is “a sham”. Mr Herba was arrested in August by the UK’s National Crime Agency, acting on a European Arrest Warrant issued by Italy. Speaking at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Mr Herba’s lawyers suggested that the case may be a publicity stunt, amounting to an abuse of process. They also argued that extradition would breach his Article 6 right to a family life, on the basis that he has a pregnant girlfriend.

Adam Mossa extradited from the UK to Italy on a European Arrest Warrant

Far-right extremist Adam Alexander Mossa has been extradited from the UK to Italy, where he is to serve 8 years in prison for his involvement in a raid on a pub in Lucca that was frequented by his political opponents. Mossa and two other men attacked the pub in 2010 using knives and knuckle-dusters, and Mossa left a man blind in one eye after hurling a glass at him.

Mossa became a fugitive in 2015, just before Italy’s Supreme Court upheld his sentence for the attack. He was detained in the UK, where he was working as a bartender, in November last year on a European Arrest Warrant.