23rd February 2018
On 14th February 2018 Benjamin Seifert, acting on behalf of the District Court in Szolnok, Hungary, appearing as sole counsel against Mark Summers QC, successfully resisted an appeal against the order of extradition of a Hungarian national, Attila Imre.
Mr Imre’s extradition had been ordered on an accusation EAW when it appeared that he had already been convicted and sentenced for an offence of blackmail. However his conviction was subject to an appeal.
The Court found that notwithstanding a first instance conviction it was indeed an accusation warrant as further information provided by the Hungarian court indicated that there would be a full trial in the appellate court after his surrender. Furthermore there was no reason to suggest that the trial would be limited or would not comply with Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The Judgment can be viewed here.