Court refuses Czech Republic extradition request

11.03.16 | |

District Judge McPhee today discharged Mr Balaz from a European arrest warrant issued by the Czech Republic.


Mr Balaz’s extradition was sought for repeat allegations of property fraud/swindling from 2006 amounting to an approximate value of £40,000. The judge found that while the offences were of ‘real gravity’, there had been lengthy and unexplained delay on behalf of the Czech Republic during which period Mr Balaz had forged ‘an industrious honest and open life’ with his family.


The judge refused the extradition request finding that surrender would be both oppressive, as well as an exceptionally severe interference with the private and family life rights of Mr Balaz, his children and partner; as protected by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.


Mr Balaz was represented by Graeme Hall; in turn instructed by Abbas Nawrozzadeh of Neumans LLP.

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