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Permission to appeal granted in lead extradition Latvian prison conditions case

28th July 2020

Judgment in Danfleds & Jodelis v Latvia handed down today – permission to appeal granted and assurances required.

Today, Nicola Davies LJ and Julian Knowles J handed down judgment in Danfelds & Jodelis v General Prosecutor’s Office, Latvia [2020] EWHC 2042 (Admin), granting permission to appeal against the extradition order made in respect of both Appellants. Saoirse Townshend, instructed by Oracle Solicitors, represented Mr Jodelis.

The Appellants argued that there is a real risk that the Appellants will be subject to inhuman and degrading treatment if extradited to Latvia due to the established poor state of Latvian prisons (s.21 and s.21A of the Extradition Act 2003). There is a particular concern about dilapidated condition of the Griva Section of Daugavgriva prison which the Committee for the Prevention of Torture found “could be considered to be inhuman and degrading”. Other concerns included low staffing levels, inter-prisoner violence and inadequate healthcare with regard to COVID-19.

The Court held that it was appropriate to ask Aranyosi questions and seek assurances from the Latvian authorities (see paras. 25-27 and the Annex). The substantive appeal hearing is likely to be heard in the Autumn term.

Judgment can be viewed here.

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