Extradition – A Year in Review of 2020 – A look forward to 2021 – 5SAH

Posted January 8th, 2021 in appeals, chambers articles, extradition, human rights, news by sally

‘2020 has undoubtedly been a most unusual year, but in terms of the evolution of extradition caselaw it has been surprisingly still. As in previous years, extradition appeals have been dominated by Article 8 cases and challenges to European prison conditions. However, fewer extraditions than usual have actually taken place, and not for the obvious reasons (although coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused its own delays). Various challenges have led to large numbers of appeals being stayed pending outcomes of lead cases. Sharmistha Michaels and Rebecca Hill, barristers at Five St Andrew’s Hill, discuss the most important extradition judgments of 2020 and what to expect in 2021.’

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5SAH, 6th January 2021

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Julian Assange: Wikileaks founder extradition to US blocked by UK judge – BBC News

Posted January 4th, 2021 in disclosure, extradition, mental health, news, suicide, whistleblowers by sally

‘Wikileaks founder Julian Assange cannot be extradited to the United States, a court in London has ruled.’

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BBC News, 4th January 2021

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Harry Dunn: CPS pursue case against suspect despite immunity ruling – BBC News

‘The Crown Prosecution Service has said there remains a “realistic prospect of conviction” for Harry Dunn’s alleged killer despite a High Court ruling she had diplomatic immunity.’

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BBC News, 20th December 2020

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Harry Dunn’s family can appeal against High Court ruling – BBC News

‘The parents of Harry Dunn have been granted permission to appeal against a High Court ruling over the diplomatic immunity of his alleged killer.’

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BBC News, 3rd December 2020

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

Posted October 28th, 2020 in extradition, legislation, sentencing by tracey

2020 c. 17 – Sentencing Act 2020

2020 c. 18 – Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Act 2020

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Court to rule on UK freedom of information bids from overseas – The Guardian

‘The rights of those living abroad to submit freedom of information requests are to be tested in court after more than a dozen cases – including one relating to Julian Assange’s extradition – were blocked. A combined hearing involving the Home Office, Metropolitan police, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and 13 separate cases is to be held at an information tribunal in London.’

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The Guardian, 6th October 2020

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Harry Dunn: Family to meet with top prosecutor amid talks over trial in absentia – The Independent

‘The family of Harry Dunn has been invited to a meeting with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) amid government discussions about the possibility of a trial in the absence of the teenager’s alleged killer.’

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The Independent, 8th September 2020

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Judge highlights open justice benefits of telephone hearings – Litigation Futures

Posted September 7th, 2020 in bail, coronavirus, extradition, judges, news, remote hearings, telephone hearings by sally

‘There is “a lot to be said” for telephone, rather than video, hearings from the perspective of open justice and parties should bear this in mind when deciding how to proceed, a High Court judge has said.’

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Litigation Futures, 4th September 2020

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Harry Dunn’s parents drop plan to sue US government – The Independent

‘The parents of Harry Dunn have dropped plans to sue the US government over his death in a crash allegedly involving the wife of an American intelligence official. Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn said they had made the decision in the hope the Trump administration would allow suspect Anne Sacoolas to face the UK justice system.’

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The Independent, 1st September 2020

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Harry Dunn death: Anne Sacoolas faces possible trial in absentia – The Guardian

‘The attorney general for England and Wales, Suella Braverman, is considering trying the wife of a US intelligence officer in her absence on a charge of causing the death by dangerous driving of the teenager Harry Dunn.’

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The Guardian, 25th August 2020

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London murderer and serial rapist jailed for at least 37 years – The Guardian

‘A serial attacker who raped four women and murdered his final victim, dumping her body in a children’s playground, has been jailed for life after an eight-year extradition battle.’

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The Guardian, 20th August 2020

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36 Crime Criminal Updates – The 36 Group

Posted July 30th, 2020 in coronavirus, extradition, food hygiene, fraud, health & safety, news by sally

‘This summer Newsletter has, as always, a range of articles. For those of us who, just, knew a time before the dishonesty test in Ghosh, it is disturbing that it has been described as a wrong turn, and Arthur Kendrick analyses for us the consequences of the recent judgment of the Court of Appeal in Barton and Booth. The pandemic may be the result of the mis-handling of food sources, and Dharmendra Toor reflects on a decision from the early days of the pandemic that highlights the importance for us of the compliance with food safety regulations by food manufacturers, restaurants and supermarkets. Sally Hobson provides a helpful analysis and some guidance when dealing with cases following extradition to the UK for offences for which the individual was not specifically extradited. We are grateful to Mary Prior Q.C. for another summary of important and instructive cases recently decided across the broad range of practice and procedure in the criminal courts.’

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The 36 Group, July 2020

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Harry Dunn death: Family drop legal action against Northamptonshire Police – BBC News

‘The parents of a young man whose death in a crash sparked an international diplomatic row have dropped their legal action against Northamptonshire Police.’

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BBC News, 26th July 2020

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Immunity rule changed in wake of Harry Dunn death – BBC News

‘The UK and the US have agreed to amend an “anomaly” that allowed Harry Dunn death suspect Anne Sacoolas to claim diplomatic immunity.’

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BBC News, 22nd July 2020

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Jack Shepherd: Speedboat killer has sentence reduced – BBC News

Posted July 17th, 2020 in appeals, bail, extradition, homicide, negligence, news, wounding by sally

‘Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd has had his sentence reduced by almost three months by appeal judges.’

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BBC News, 16th July 2020

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Extradition and International update – 5SAH

Posted July 10th, 2020 in chambers articles, extradition, international law, news by sally

‘The newsletter features the following articles & videos:

– Louisa Collins: German Local Courts are Competent to Issue EAWs.
– Georgia Beatty: For Lexis Nexis – Coronavirus (COVID-19) and delays to extradition (Cosar v Governor of HMP Wandsworth).
– Ben Keith and Georgia Beatty: 5SAH Video – Anne Sacoolas – Extradition, Interpol and diplomatic immunity unravelled.
– Georgia Beatty: Interpol Red Notice issued against Anne Sacoolas – is prosecution in the UK possible?’

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5SAH, 1st July 2020

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and delays to extradition (Cosar v Governor of HMP Wandsworth) – 5SAH

Posted June 23rd, 2020 in coronavirus, detention, extradition, habeas corpus, news, time limits, warrants by sally

‘This case concerns the impact of the coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic on the execution of European Arrest Warrants (EAWs). Extradition is presently impossible due to travel restrictions that have been imposed across Europe. The judgment considered the legality of repeated short-term extensions to the ten-day period in which extradition on an EAW must take place. Under Article 23 of the Framework Decision, extradition can be lawfully postponed where there are serious humanitarian reasons to do so, or where removal is prevented by circumstances beyond the control of any Member State. The court held that the coronavirus pandemic is capable of satisfying either criteria. A requested person is not entitled to be notified of any application to extend the extradition period, or to make representations at a hearing. However, in the present circumstances it is good practice to notify a requested person of any extension and to allow them access to legal representation.’

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5SAH, 23rd June 2020

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Interpol Red Notice issued against Anne Sacoolas – is prosecution in the UK possible? – 5SAH

‘Last December, Anne Sacoolas was charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a road traffic accident in which 19-year-old Harry Dunn lost his life. It is alleged that she was driving on the wrong side of the road at the time. Mrs Sacoolas’ husband was employed in some official capacity at a United States Air Force communication station based at RAF Croughton.’

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5SAH, 13th May 2020

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Harry Dunn crash: Anne Sacoolas extradition refusal ‘final’ – BBC News

Posted May 12th, 2020 in accidents, diplomats, extradition, immunity, news, road traffic by sally

‘The US has said its decision to refuse an extradition request for Harry Dunn’s alleged killer was final.’

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BBC News, 12th May 2020

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The impact of Coronavirus, part 4: developments in extradition – 6KBW College Hill

Posted April 20th, 2020 in chambers articles, coronavirus, courts, extradition, live link evidence, news by sally

‘Necessity is the mother of invention. Never has the English proverb been proved so true as with the rapid deployment of video link technology in the court system following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and consequent reduction of in-person hearings. This post considers the developments applicable to extradition proceedings; the current arrangements for hearings, appeals and removal; and the potential impact of the pandemic on the bars to extradition and bail applications.’

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6KBW College Hill, 7th April 2020

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