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On 7 September 2022 District Judge Pilling discharged MO from an extradition request from Cyprus. After her arrest on the Part 1 Warrant in March 2021 she began to suffer cognitive decline. By the time of her extradition hearing in July 2022 she was assessed as lacking the capacity to participate in the court proceedings.
At Court she presented in a wheelchair and was unable to communicate at all. District Judge Pilling found that her physical and mental condition would decline rapidly but her needs would inevitably increase if required to travel abroad and incarcerated and, in those circumstances, she could not see how the judicial authority could mitigate against MO’s current condition. She concluded that extradition would breach her rights pursuant to Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights due to her medical condition.
Benjamin Seifert was instructed by Giovanna Fiorentino of Lansbury Worthington Solicitors.
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