(LONDON) Westminister Magistrates Court Report: A man arrested by the National Crime Agency over his alleged involvement in the smuggling of migrants found dead in a lorry in Essex has had his extradition ordered on Thursday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.10: The extradition follows the convictions of seven people in the UK for their roles in the events which led to the Essex deaths, including four men who were found guilty of manslaughter. The seven were given jail terms totalling more than 92 years in January 2021:

Court orders extradition of people smuggling suspect wanted in connection with Essex lorry deaths: ‘The man, known as Ngo Sy Tai, is wanted by Belgian prosecutors who allege he was a member of a criminal network involved in large scale organised people smuggling’

Ngo Sy Tai being arrested

Tai was tracked down by NCA officers to an address in the Redditch area of Worcestershire, where he was apprehended on the evening Tuesday 15 December on a European Arrest Warrant.

He is suspected of having been involved in transporting at least ten of the 39 found dead in Essex in October 2019, moving them from a safe house in Anderlecht in taxis to a location near the French/Belgian border before they were put onto the lorry.

After hearing the migrants had died, it is alleged Tai fled Belgium and initially went to Germany before moving to the UK.

Today (8 April) Westminster Magistrates Court approved his extradition to Belgium to face trial. He has seven days to appeal.

The NCA’s Head of Organised Immigration Crime Operations, Miles Bonfield, said: “ We are working closely with partners in the UK, Europe and beyond to disrupt and dismantle organise criminal networks involved in people smuggling: “ The arrest of Tai demonstrates that in action, and demonstrates our continued determination to get justice for the families of those who so tragically died in October 2019: “ People smuggling is a horrendous trade where those involved treat migrants as a commodity to be profited from and do not care about their safety or wellbeing. There can be no greater example of that than this case.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Apr.10: 2021:

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GENEVA: ‘ Unnamed #FIFA official arrested appeals Extradition Warrant ‘

#AceNewsReport – Post Update:GENEVA:June.10: One of the seven #FIFA officials arrested in May on US corruption charges in Zurich appealed to the Federal Criminal Court of Switzerland against the warrant on his extradition issued by the country’s Federal Office of Justice (FOJ), the Office said Wednesday.

On May 27, the US Department of Justice charged 14 people — including nine senior FIFA officials — with racketeering, money laundering and taking $150 million in bribes. Seven of the officials were arrested in Zurich, Switzerland on the same day.

“The Federal Criminal Court will rule on whether or not he will have to remain in custody for the entire length of the extradition proceeding,” FOJ said in a statement published on its official website.

Both the official and the Federal Office of Justice may appeal the decision of the Federal Criminal Court in the Federal Supreme Court in Lausanne, the statement added.

The name of the person who lodged the appeal has not been disclosed.

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“Independent Human Rights Experts Today Urged Spanish Government to Reconsider to Extradite Alexsandr Pavlov”

#AceWorldNews says “United Nations” independent “Human Rights” experts today urged the “Spanish Government” to reconsider its decision to extradite Alexsandr Pavlov, who oversaw security for a Kazakh businessman and prominent opposition leader, on grounds that he may be tortured or receive an unfair trial if extradited.

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“All countries must ensure that extradition does not put an individual at risk of persecution, torture, inhuman or degrading treatment,” the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez, said. “Spain must adopt all necessary measures to safeguard Mr. Pavlov’s rights and physical integrity.”

In the same news release from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, stressed that the human rights of foreigners are no less important than the rights of citizens in any country, “The question we should ask ourselves is: would we as confidently send a citizen to the same fate?”

Mr. Pavlov, who formerly worked for opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov, was detained by Spanish authorities in 2012 on an Interpol warrant requested by Kazakhstan, which accuses him of financial and terrorism-related crimes.

On 18 November 2013, Spain’s high court, the Audiencia Nacional, approved Mr. Pavlov’s extradition, but the decision now rests with the Council of Ministers.

The two UN experts have called on the Council to consider Mr. Pavlov’s appeal based on the substantial fears that he might be tortured or unfairly tried.

Since July 2013, the two human rights experts, together with the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, have engaged with the Spanish Government concerning Mr. Pavlov’s case.

 

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