Extradition of GS halted

The Extradition Team at Lansbury Worthington have successfully argued that a client's extradition to Poland to face an accusation warrant of fraud was disproportionate.

On 27 August 2014, District Judge Snow ruled that the extradition of GS to Poland to face an accusation warrant of fraudulently obtaining a bank loan using false documents and a forged signature would breach GS’s right to a private life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, as well as offend against section 21A of the Extradition Act 2003 and Part 17A of the Criminal Practice Direction, both of which recently came into force.

GS first came to the UK in 2004. He has worked since his arrival and has one conviction for shoplifting dating from 2005. He has no family in the UK and is not in a relationship. It is thought that this is the first time challenges brought under section 21A and CPD 17A have been considered.

GS was represented in court by Graeme Hall, and the extradition team at Lansbury Worthington who worked on his case included Giovanna Fiorentino and Nadia Dimitrova.