Westminster Magistrates’ Court has scheduled the judgment in the Vijay Mallya extradition case for the 11th July 2018. Mr Mallya is hoping to convince the court that he faces political persecution, an unfair trial and breaches of his human rights if he is returned to India to face numerous money laundering and financial crime charges If it is decided that Mr Mallya should be extradited to India, then this will be the first successful contested extradition from the UK to India since both states signed an extradition treaty in 1992. Depending on the decision, either the CPS, on behalf of the Indian Government, or Mr Mallya will have the chance to appeal to the High Court.
Today marks the sixth time a Greek court has denied Turkey’s request for the extradition of an alleged member of Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C). The alleged member, Mr Agarmis, was arrested in Athens last year with 8 other alleged members of the same group.
Despite the DHKP-C being listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S and the European Union, the Court of Appeal in Larissa explained that Mr Agarmis would not be extradited due to Turkey’s poor human rights record.
Bill Browder, who this week was sentenced in absentia by a Court in Moscow to 9 years imprisonment, has called on Interpol “to suspend Russia’s membership for flagrant abuse of the Interpol system” after Russia lodged its 6th request for his arrest and extradition. The previous 5 applications were turned down for being politically motivated.
The Russian court found Browder guilty of tax evasion and deliberate bankruptcy. His lawyers have said that he will appeal the ruling, which is based on allegations he has long said are motivated by revenge. Since his Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky’s death in a Moscow prison in 2009, which he believes to have been at the hands of Russian officials, Browder has led a successful global campaign for sanctions on those involved and on human rights abusers in Russia generally.