Albania/ UK extradition agreement

On the 11th May 2018, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office published a memorandum which explains the agreement between the UK and the Republic of Albania, which supplements the European Convention on Extradition 1957. The effect of the agreement is that the UK and the Republic of Albania can no longer deny extradition of their own nationals to the other party to the agreement. The agreement itself also deals with the procedure for extradition requests between the UK and Albania and the time period for such extradition requests.

 

You can find the full agreement here.

Extradition to India: Vijay Mallya

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.

Extradition of James Acourt

James Acourt has accepted extradition from Spain to the UK pursuant to a European Arrest Warrant. The former suspect in the Stephen Lawrence murder case was arrested in Barcelona and will be extradited to the UK to face numerous high-level drugs charges.

Ivica Todoric, owner of Agrokor will be extradited unless appeal is launched

Today the Chief Magistrate of England and Wales, Emma Arbuthnot, has ordered that Ivica Todoric be extradited to Croatia to face fraud charges. The Croatian businessman is the owner of the biggest employer in the Balkans, Agrokor. The Chief Magistrate said that there was significant evidence of fraud and that the Croatian authorities were in the advanced stages of the investigation and wanted Mr Todoric to face trial alongside 14 other alleged fraudsters. Mr Todoric’s main ground for contesting extradition was his belief that his prosecution is politically motivated. The Chief Magistrate dismissed this argument out of hand as a “conspiracy theory.” The Chief Magistrate accepted that the case did have a political element because Agrokor represented 15% of Croatia’s GDP, however, she reasoned that given the compelling evidence against Mr Todoric he should be extradited. The Chief Magistrate also remanded Mr Todoric on bail which included conditions to report daily to a local police station and subjected him to a nightly curfew. This decision means that Mr Todoric has 7 days to appeal that decision and failing an attempt to appeal he will be extradited to Croatia within the next 10 days.

US seeks extradition of cannabis seed seller from UK

The US is seeking the extradition of Gypsy Nirvana, a British businessman, from the UK to face trial on charges relating to the production, distribution, and possession of cannabis seeds. A UK Court dismissed the request in X, on the grounds that his seed business was not illegal in the UK, and the US is now appealing that decision.

The US investigation into Nirvana began in 2013, while he was living in the Philippines. He was detained there for 30 months, until the UK embassy eventually secured his return to the UK.

Jordan seeks extradition of Walid al-Kurdi on corruption charges

Jordan has requested that Interpol issue a red notice for Jordanian man Walid al-Kurdi, 72, who has been sentenced to 37 years of hard labour on allegations of corruption. Mr al-Kurdi, a former chairman of the Jordan Phosphates Mining Company, is currently in self-imposed exile in the UK.

Germany declines to extradite traders charged with Euribor rigging to the UK

Germany has declined an extradition request from the UK for four traders at Deutsche Bank AG who are charged in the UK with rigging the Euribor interest rate benchmark. The decision came after a German court ruled that the alleged crimes had taken place too far in the past to be tried.

However, the traders still face arrest warrants in other EU countries such as France and Italy, and the UK could also choose to pursue them through Interpol after it leaves the EU.