‘Through gritted teeth’: right to family life outweighs public interest in extradition appeal

23.05.16 | |


The High Court has allowed the extradition appeal of a Polish man, wanted to serve a previously suspended sentence of 2 years imprisonment for a fraud, valued at £180, over 10 years ago.


Represented by Malcolm Hawkes, the Appellant argued that, notwithstanding his failure to pay compensation as directed by the Polish court, and being given multiple opportunities to either pay the money, perform community service or serve 50 days custody, it would be disproportionate to extradite him now.


The judge agreed, ‘through gritted teeth’, that whereas compliance with court orders is very important, the collateral effect upon the Appellant’s family, for a significant period, so long after the fact, for so small a sum was indeed capable of outweighing the public interest in extradition.


In Wojcikowski v Poland, Malcolm was instructed by Rebecca Weale of GT Stewart solicitors.

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