Although the UK was not a safe haven for criminals, it was disproportionate to extradite a requested person pursuant to a conviction European arrest warrant where he had changed his behaviour and where there was a relatively short time remaining on his sentence for drug related offences.
Extradition was a proportionate interference with the private life of an individual convicted of serious offences of domestic violence despite an unexplained delay of more than eight years in reissuing a European arrest warrant. A district judge had been wrong to discharge him.
It had been open to a judge to conclude that he should exercise his discretion under the Limitation Act 1980 s.33 to allow a former police officer to pursue a late claim in negligence against the police in relation to his heroin addiction and consequent psychiatric illness which he claimed had arisen from his undercover work posing as a drug user.
A district judge had not erred in the weight he had attributed to the delays experienced in a Polish individual’s extradition proceedings. Although he had developed a private life in the UK in excess of ten years, the judge had not been wrong to order his extradition; private life attracted less weight than family life under the ECHR art.8.
The extradition of a UK national to Germany, to face trial for offences relating to his failure as an employer to pay employee social welfare contributions, was not barred under the Extradition Act 2003 s.12. The allegations were not encompassed within an earlier prosecution in Germany for tax-related offences so as to violate the double jeopardy principle.