Podlas v Koszalin District Court, Poland

Extradition – Extradition order. The appellant appealed against orders for his extradition to Poland to serve four years and six months' imprisonment for driving with excess alcohol, obstructing a constable in the execution of his duty and VAT fraud. The Divisional Court, in dismissing the appeal, held that the drink-driving offence was an offence in the United Kingdom and new evidence would have had no impact on the application of art 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Further, the judge had been entitled to find the appellant was a fugitive and that he had deliberately absented himself from his trial.

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