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Sonn Macmillan Walker Succeed in Appeal Against Extradition to Sweden

By  |  28.09.2020

Sonn Macmillan Walker represented a UK citizen who was wanted by the Swedish authorities to serve a sentence of imprisonment following a conviction for smuggling a quantity of cocaine into Sweden.

Our client had travelled with friends to attend the UEFA Europa League final in Stockholm in 2017 and was stopped by the police. After a search of the campervan our client was travelling in the police found a quantity of cocaine. He was arrested and later convicted. He received a prison sentence of 4 months. His extradition was ordered. He appealed the decision of the District Judge.

Our client put foward several grounds of his challenge on the third under Article 8 of ECHR. He concluded that the District Judge had made two significant errors within his judgment in relation to our client and assessing his circumstances. The appeal judge took into consideration that our client assisted his ailing father and would stand to lose his job if extradited. He also had a partner of 9 years and supported his child from a previous relationship. Taking everything into consideration the appeal judge concluded that extradition would be disproportionate to our client and his Article 8 rights. He was therefore discharged.

Our client was very happy with the outcome of this case, one that had cause him and his family considerable anguish. Whilst he still needs to sort out the case in Sweden he is now in a position where he will not be forced to go back to Sweden.

Chris Stevens was the solicitor in the case and he instructed Jonathan Swain, a barrister 9 Bedford Row chambers.

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