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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Poles top the list for extraditions sought from Ireland

Dearbhail McDonald Legal Editor

THE Polish government sought the extradition of 168 of its citizens living in Ireland last year.

Poles were the largest nationality sought for extradition, according to the annual report on the operation of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW).

The Polish authorities asked their Irish counterparts to surrender 168 citizens, mostly in relation to robbery, assaults, fraud offences and financial crimes, including racketeering, organised armed robbery and money laundering.

A total of 313 valid EAW requests were received by the Irish authorities last year, seeking the extradition of nationals from 16 countries.

A wide range of offences was cited in the EAW requests, including murder, the sexual abuse of children, drugs offences, organised crime, fraud and human trafficking.

The High Court endorsed 72pc of the requests, according to the report, which was released by Justice Minister Alan Shatter.

The report also reveals that:

• 25 people from Ireland were sought under the European extradition law, 22 Lithuanians, 15 Czech nationals and eight Latvians.

• 121 EAW arrests were made last year by gardai and the Irish authorities transmitted 88 warrants to other countries.

• 22 people who were the subject of EAWs were surrendered to Ireland in 2012, more than half of whom were extradited from the United Kingdom and from Northern Ireland.

• 750 orders for surrender have been executed by the Irish authorities since the EAW act became law, while 236 people have been surrendered to Ireland.

Irish Independent

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