More Extradition Success For Bark&co



On 16th November 2017, in the case of District Court of Koszalin, Poland v Rafal Szpiec, heard at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, District Judge Inyundo discharged our client Mr Szpiec from the European Arrest Warrant that he faced. This was notwithstanding that it was a conviction warrant issued for Threats to Kill and multiple counts of Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm. The offences dated back to 2006 – 2008 and although Mr Szpiec, the Requested Person, was a fugitive, we had argued that our client had built a productive and blameless life in the UK since arriving here in 2008. Following powerful legal submissions, the District Judge agreed with our Barrister, George Hepburne Scott, that to order extradition in this case would constitute a disproportionate interference in Mr Szpiec’s Article 8 rights to a private life. This was a truly incredible result given that: (a) he was a fugitive, (b) it was a conviction warrant, and (c) he had a substantial custodial term of 18 months’ outstanding.

Bark&co continues to ruthlessly advance the interests of all of its clients to the fullest extent permissible within the law.

We instructed George Hepburne Scott of Church Court Chambers on this case.