Gherson lawyer, Thomas Garner, was quoted in The Times in relation to the recent developments in the Prince Andrew story. [https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/prince-andrew-falsely-portraying-himself-as-keen-to-help-jeffrey-epstein-investigation-says-us-lawyer-2095n6lfk?shareToken=ed44ce31336e674129f2fe29217aeeec].
US Prosecutors revealed yesterday that a formal mutual legal assistance request had been sent to the UK to question Prince Andrew. Unusually this was made public. Prince Andrew has repeatedly said that he is prepared to cooperate with the investigation surrounding the late Jeffrey Epstein but US Prosecutors have suggested that in fact he is not cooperating in the process.
Mutual legal assistance is a formal process whereby foreign states are able to secure evidence for use in criminal proceedings. It is believed that the Prince’s lawyers have been engaged in negotiations about the form which any cooperation would take with their preference being to provide written answers to questions as opposed to submit to a face to face interview process.
Under the arrangements that exist with the United States it would be possible for the Prince to be summonsed to a UK court to give evidence. An individual involved in such a process is entitled to refuse to answer questions – on the grounds that answering might incriminate them in a crime – but one can only imagine the further reputational damage that such a refusal could cause for the Prince.
Gherson have experience in handling complex cases involving multiple jurisdictions and should you wish to discuss any matters relating to extradition or mutual legal assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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