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Mark Stevens successfully opposes extradition of client to France to serve prison sentence for VAT Fraud

February 12, 2015

Mark Stevens successfully argued against an application by France for the extradition of his client to serve a prison sentence which had been imposed on him in his absence in relation to a 1.6 million Euros VAT Fraud. The court accepted his argument that the client's article 8 human rights would be breached by extraditing his client to France. In her ruling the judge commented that:

I have considered the various factors and have reached the conclusion that this is one of those very rare cases that the consequences of extradition would be so severe on your family that it would be disproportionate [to allow extradition].

The court were provided with multiple medical and psychiatric reports prepared in relation to both the client and his wife which supported the contention that the client's right to family life protected by article 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998 would be breached if the extradition were allowed to occur. Accordingly, under s.21(2) of the Extradition Act 2003 the client was discharged. 

Instructing solicitor: Edwards Vaziraney & Co