Extradition to Russia halted on human rights grounds after robustly contested hearing
The firm successfully defended extradition proceedings instigated by the Russian Federation in respect of an individual accused of involvement in the attempted murder of a businessman and murder of his body guard in St Petersburg. The firm obtained strong evidence that the client was being pursued for political reasons and methods amounting to torture had been used as part of the Russian investigation. At trial, the prosecution was persuaded to concede that prison conditions in Russia had not improved since the court’s decision in Russian Federation v Trefilov, another case in which Peters & Peters successfully opposed a Russian extradition request. The extradition was therefore halted on the ground that it would breach article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which prohibits inhuman or degrading treatment.
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A dual qualified English Solicitor / Russian Advocat, Galina is based in the Commercial Litigation, Civil Fraud and Asset Recovery Department. She has significant experience in multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes, civil fraud, extradition and Interpol matters.
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Helen has extensive experience in business crime and regulatory matters and is ranked as leading lawyer by Legal 500, she represents clients prosecuted by a range of financial authorities.