Ben Cooper acting for Scuba diver fighting extradition to Malta

19.01.16 | |

UPDATE 19th JANUARY:  IT HAS BEEN CONFIRMED THAT MR MARTIN WILL NOT BE EXTRADITED TO MALTA AND ALL CHARGES AGAINST HIM HAVE BEEN DROPPED.  A press report on this latest news can be found by clicking here.

 

Ben Cooper represents Stephen Martin, a scuba diving enthusiast who is appealing against a European arrest warrant issued by the authorities in Malta; they seek his removal in order to face trial on the island for “involuntary homicide”.  The case arises from allegations that Mr Martin had been negligent during a dive in which his girlfriend and another man died.  An inquest in the UK found those deaths to be accidental.

 

Maltese magistrates held their own inquiry into the deaths in the autumn of 2014, which did not have the benefit (as the UK inquest did) of hearing expert medical evidence.  Mr Martin was arrested in July 2015 by police acting on the EAW, and his appeal against that is being decided by the High Court.  Ben has argued that there is no equivalent charge in the UK, and so Mr Martin should not be extradited.  In addition, it is claimed that pre-trial prison conditions in Malta would be a breach of Mr Martin’s rights, and it is also argued that the warrant is an abuse of process because it is deficient in part.   

 

The case is supported by British diving associations, and it is reported that divers are avoiding travelling to Malta until the case is resolved, for fear they could find themselves in a similar predicament.    

 

The Guardian and other outlets have been following the case.  Ben is instructed by Edward Jones of Hodge Jones and Allen.  

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