Confiscation proceedings against M for £34 million terminated at the Central Criminal Court

M was defended by Francis FitzGibbon Q.C. and Abigail Bright as referral counsel for sentence and confiscation.

 

Confiscation proceedings involving a benefit figure of £34 million against M were terminated by order of the Central Criminal Court.

 

Prosecution of M and other conspirators for drug trafficking followed a cross-borders probe operation into large-scale importation of several Class A drugs, and laundering of proceeds of crime.

 

M was extradited from Greece to face trial at the Central Criminal Court. She was sentenced to eighteen years’ imprisonment in 2014. M's leading and junior counsel had submitted that M could not meaningfully participate in the proceedings. The prosecuting authority accepted that M had wrongly been removed to Greece while a serving prisoner awaiting confiscation proceedings in the UK. Information was put before the Court that Greece had not signed a treaty for facilitation of video-link connection to criminal courts in the E.U. 

 

The Crown’s case was that M was a directing mastermind of the conspiracies and she had lived a ‘criminal lifestyle’ for the purposes of the assumptions in the POCA 2002.

 

Several properties had been rented in M’s name, including at The Sloane Club and Cadogan Square.

 

Cash of £2,088.815.00 was found in a kitchen cupboard. Two counting machines were removed from a room at the same address.

 

‘By virtue of a background in business and a glittering career in the Greek media, [M] had an aura of respectability which provided a cover for drug trafficking activities [...] [M] was pivotal in sourcing drugs in Greece and arranging their transportation in cover loads of Greek produce. On her own admission [...] she had access to substantial quantities of cash in Greece. [M’s]handwriting is on notes that concern the counting of the cash and a fingerprint is on the packaging of the cash.’

 

 

Francis FitzGibbon Q.C. and Abigail Bright were instructed by Rubin Italia at Duncan Lewis.

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