Decision expected tomorrow on whether or not to extradite a gay British man to the UAE

21.12.15 | |

Ben Cooper represents Michael Halliday, a gay British man who is facing extradition to the UAE where he is accused of theft.  Judgment on whether or not to extradite Mr Halliday, to a country where homosexuality is a crime, will be handed down in Court 2 of Westminster Magistrates’ Court at 2pm on Tuesday 22nd December.  The Guardian newspaper covered the story in today’s edition, which can be viewed by clicking here.

 

The case arises from allegations that money went missing from a safe in a Dubai department store where Mr Halliday used to work; he denies the allegations.  Ben Cooper argued during the hearing that Mr Halliday would be unlikely to receive a fair trial, and would be at risk of disproportionate punishment and ill-treatment, as well as there being an additional real risk of torture.  It was also argued that it would be unfair to extradite Mr Halliday in circumstances where an independent expert sent to Dubai by the Crown Prosecution Service, which is acting on behalf of the UAE in this case, was refused access to inspect prison conditions.   

 

Ben is instructed by Jonathan Black of BSB Solicitors.

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