Success Stories

Romanian extradition refused

By Christopher Stevens  |  07.05.2019

Sonn Macmillan Walker represented a Romanian national facing extradition proceedings at Westminster Magistrates' Court. Our client was convicted in Romania in 2017 of being a member of a criminal organisation and involvement in credit card forgery.

Our client’s extradition was sought by Romania to serve a sentence of 3 years’ and 6 months imprisonment.

We successfully argued that there were substantial deficiencies in the European Arrest Warrant (“EAW”) concerning the description and location of the offences.  There were also issues surrounding duplication of some of the offences within the EAW and on the whole the information was unclear [section 2 Extradition Act 2003].

Our client was successfully discharged and the prosecution confirmed that they would not be appealing the decision.  Our client was very pleased with the outcome as he faced having to return to Romania to serve the sentence and leave his young family in emotional and financial difficulty.

Chris Stevens had conduct of our client’s case and Ben Seifert of Temple Garden Chambers was the barrister.

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