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CJ de Mooi extradition

23/09/2016

Sonn Macmillan Walker represented former Eggheads star CJ de Mooi in extradition proceedings initiated by The Netherlands for an allegation of murder from 1988.  The European Arrest Warrant (EAW) relied on information apparently taken from Mr de Mooi’s autobiography, however, there was no named victim or details of how the offence took place, precise location or date included in the EAW.  The matter had been set down for a full hearing in November but the prosecution conceded that they had problems with the EAW due to the fact that no underlying domestic warrant had been issued by the Dutch and that no decision to charge or try Mr de Mooi had been made by the Dutch prosecutor, his return sought for ‘further questioning’. The deficiencies in the EAW had already been identified at the first hearing by the defence.  An application to  discharge Mr de Mooi was granted by the District Judge. 

Chris Stevens was the solicitor with conduct of the case assisted by Chloe Birch, instructing Myles Grandison of Drystone Chambers.

See this Guardian article