In a major new case the High Court has held that extradition to Greece gives rise to a ‘real risk’ of inhuman and degrading treatment.

21 July 2016

In a major new judgment the Divisional Court today halted the extradition of two men to Greece, on the grounds that Greek prisons risked causing them inhuman treatment under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The two men, represented by Daniel Jones (instructed by Sonn Macmillan Walker) and Benjamin Seifert (instructed by Edward Hayes Solicitors) of Drystone Chambers, both led by Edward Fitzgerald QC, argued that the prisons in which they were likely to be held were so poor as to give rise to a breach of Article 3. Today, the Divisional Court agreed, finding that no one could be extradited to these prisons (Napflion and Korydallos) unless and until there was evidence of significant improvement. This case will clearly give rise to arguments involving other prisons throughout the European Union. It will therefore be important for all cases involving extradition to Greece. Click here to access a copy of the judgment in full. 

To discuss the case and its implications please contact Daniel on Daniel.Jones@drystone.com or Ben on Benjamin.Seifert@drystone.com