Extradition and international crime

7 January 2019

“A sorry state of affairs” – Lazarov v Bulgaria and R (Lazarov) v Westminster Magistrates’ Court

In the case of Lazarov v Bulgaria the High Court found itself in some legal difficulty as it sought to deal with an appeal against an extradition judgment from Westminster Magistrates’ Court that was replete with mistakes.

Fred Allen

19 December 2018

MPs scrutinise rules for new powers to gather electronic evidence overseas (OPO)

The Overseas Production Order (OPO) marks a sea-change in the ability of law enforcement to gather electronic evidence overseas. Introduced under the Crime (Overseas Production Order) Bill this would give law enforcement agencies and prosecutors the power to apply for an OPO to obtain electronic data directly from service providers based outside the UK for the purposes of criminal investigations and prosecutions for serious crime.  This is a radical departure from the current mutual legal assistance regime.

Rebecca Niblock

21 November 2018

A South Korean president will not prevent the abuse of INTERPOL: root and branch reform is needed

A collective sigh of relief was heard in the UK this morning at the news that Alexander Prokopchuk has not been elected as the new head of INTERPOL. In the current climate, post-Skripal, it is no surprise that the prospect of a former insider in the Kremlin’s interior ministry as head of the international body would cause alarm. Such relief, however, may be premature. Prokopchuk  remains not only a vice-President of INTERPOL but also a member of the important Commission for the Control of Files of INTERPOL (CCF) which decides on the admissibility of red notices (although he absents himself when Russian cases are being discussed). 

Rebecca Niblock

16 November 2018

#Brexit Withdrawal Agreement: transitional arrangements for the European Arrest Warrant

The draft agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union was presented to the House of Commons on 14 November 2018. It included, under Title V, provisions for on-going police and judicial co-operation.

Rebecca Niblock

12 November 2018

Global Britain: The Future of UK Sanctions Policy

Sanctions under scrutiny
The House of Commons Foreign Affairs committee has launched an inquiry into the future of UK sanctions policy to “explore and evaluate” different options for the UK’s approach to sanctions policy after leaving the EU.

In launching the inquiry the committee underlines that “Sanctions are an essential instrument of foreign policy, enabling the Government to penalise rogue regimes and human rights abusers around the world, and to combat the influence of so-called dirty money here in the UK.”

Ed Smyth

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