Judge discharges £800,000,000 extradition request

27.03.17 | |


On 24 March 2017, District Judge Ezzat discharged P, a Romanian national (and now British citizen), from a European arrest warrant issued by Romania.


The EAW sought P’s surrender for an offence of fraud dating from 1999, purportedly worth in excess of 2 billion Romanian Lei (equivalent to just under £800million). A sentence of 10 years was originally imposed for the offence, although this was reduced to 5 years in 2016. There had been two previous attempts to extradite P pursuant to EAWs issued in 2009 and 2012.


The judge accepted the defence’s submission that surrender would be unjust and oppressive due to the passage of time given the difficulties P would face in challenging the evidence and identifying relevant witnesses. Further, the judge found that the delay was culpable and that it would be a disproportionate interference with P’s private and family life rights as protected by Article 8 ECHR even though he had no dependent children.


P was represented by Graeme Hall, who was instructed by Lawrence & Co Solicitors.

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