Judges block extradition of Russian oligarch over torture concerns - Rebecca Niblock comments in The Times

20 December 2018

Rebecca Niblock, partner in Kingsley Napley's Criminal Litigation team and head of Extradition, comments in The Times about the blocked extradition of Alexey Shmatko to Russia (Shmatko v The Russian Federation [2018] EWHC 3534 (Admin)) .

Judges block extradition of Russian oligarch over torture concerns  (subscription required)

Reacting to the ruling, Rebecca Niblock, a partner at Kingsley Napley, the London law firm that acted for the oligarch, said the case highlighted the need for “serious reconsideration of UK-Russia extradition relations”

The lawyer added that the ruling demonstrated that “not before time . . . a failure by the requesting state to provide accurate information to the court may prove fatal to their request for extradition and any assurances they seek to rely on”.

Kingsley Napley instructed Mark Summers, QC, of Matrix Chambers in Gray’s Inn, while the extradition unit of the Crown Prosecution Service instructed Peter Caldwell of Doughty Street Chambers and Nicholas Hearn of Furnival Chambers.

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