Partner Richard Cannon comments on US government’s decision not to appeal the Court’s ruling to discharge an extradition request for Corey De Rose.

Richard’s comments were published in Law360, 7 February 2022. 

Corey de Rose was discharged on 24th January 2022 from an extradition request made by the United States. The US Government had 14 days to notify parties whether they intended to appeal. Stokoe Partnership Solicitors have been informed that they do not intend to do so. This is another significant development in this important case. It is common practice for the US to appeal to the High Court in extradition cases, indeed earlier in this very case they appealed the Magistrates Court decision to grant bail to De Rose and the High Court overturned that decision.

Extradition was sought regarding an alleged conspiracy to steal crypto currency valued at over $8.5m from an individual in the US. The Court found that extradition should be barred as it would not be in the interests of justice, would be unjust and/or oppressive to extradite Mr de Rose as a result of a physical or mental condition, and that extradition to the US would not comply with his right to a family life.

Richard Cannon, Partner at Stokoe Partnership who led the defence team commented as follows:

“This is another significant development in a highly significant case. The US Government typically appeals declined extradition requests to the High Court, and the fact that they have decided not to do so underlines the strength of our case as represented in the judgment.

“In this case we achieved a hat-trick of wins in the three grounds we submitted to the Court, including that it would be a breach of our client’s human right to a family life for him to be extradited. This is believed to be one of the only times that the Court has made such a finding in a US extradition case.”

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