Zamira Hajiyeva Wins Extradition Case

26 Sep 2019, 55 mins ago

On 26 Septmeber 2019 the Senior District Judge Emma Arbuthnot handed down her judgment in the extradition case of our client Zamira Hajiyeva.

Our client’s extradition was requested by the Republic of Azerbaijan late in 2018. The extradition hearing took place over several days this summer at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

Having heard extensive evidence the Senior District Judge blocked our client’s extradition due to concerns that she would not receive a fair trial as guaranteed by Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights. She concluded by remarking,

“I find that the combination of a judiciary which is not independent of the executive, lawyers who are punished if they take on cases of interest to the state, the approach of the court and the authorities to Mr Hajiyev’s trial, all lead me to conclude that there is a real risk that Mrs Hajiyeva whose case is high-profile and sensitive and not a ‘normal’ criminal case will suffer a flagrant denial of justice.  The assurance from [Azerbaijan] that she will receive a fair trial is not sufficient to relieve the many serious concerns the court has.”

Roger Gherson and Thomas Garner of Gherson acted for Ms Hajiyeva and instructed Hugo Keith QC and Ben Watson of 3 Raymond Buildings.



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