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JUL
19

IPCC Success for Nick Wragg and Lewis Nedas

Nick Wragg recently represented a professional gentleman aged sixty years with no previous convictions.

The police investigation was flawed in a number of respects, which caused the client a great deal of stress and anxiety. The Crown Prosecution Service was eventually forced to discontinue the case, but the client was deeply hurt by how he had been treated. Nick assisted the client in making a detailed complaint to Sussex Police pointing out a number of significant concerns as to the conduct of the investigation. The matter was investigated by the Police and a report was sent to the client. The client was so horrified at the report that he immediately set about complaining to the IPCC with Nick’s assistance.

After a long investigation, the IPCC recently upheld the client’s appeal in respect to all allegations made, namely: his unlawful arrest, the inadequate investigation, failures in relation to identification actions and procedures, and substandard police treatment.

Both the client and Nick are delighted that their efforts have been vindicated and that Sussex Police must now investigate the allegations properly.

 

 

 

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JUL
17

Stunning Lewis Nedas Success in Drugs Prosecution

Penny Muir was instructed in a case in which there was an allegation of importation of a large quantity of the Class A drug crystal methylamphetamine. This was transported into the country by a third party from Iran, who subsequently tragically died when a lethal quantity of the drug, which had been carried in condoms and swallowed by him, burst and therefore entered his body.

The prosecution alleged that Penny Muir’s client was the organiser of this drug’s importation into the UK, and, if he had been convicted, there is no doubt that the sentencing judge would have regarded the death of the third party as an aggravating feature, and a lengthy sentence would have been imposed. However, after a five-day trial, Penny Muir’s client was acquitted unanimously by the jury at the Isleworth Crown Court.

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JUL
16

Major Success in SFO Prosecution (Kaupthing Bank)

Lewis Nedas fraud specialist Keith Wood represented Gudni Adalsteinsson the former Treasurer of the Kaupthing Bank. In a recent development the SFO, in response to points raised by Keith, have confirmed that they now no longer regard Mr Adalsteinsson as a suspect in this case and have released him from the investigation.

Mr Adalsteinsson was detained in March 2011 as a part of the SFO’s highly publicised investigation into the lending billionaire entrepreneurs Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz. Keith has been advising Mr Adalsteinsson throughout the investigation.

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JUL
16

Lewis Nedas Law Instructed to Advise and Represent Clients Facing FSA

We have been instructed by three individuals facing separate matters involving the FSA in the last two weeks.

Contact Jeffrey Lewis or Siobhain Egan.

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JUL
12

Extradition Success for Polish Client

Leila Rasool represented a client who was arrested in September 2011 on a European Arrest Warrant. The requesting authority sought his extradition to serve the remainder of a three-year prison sentence imposed in June 1995 for an offence of robbery committed in 1993 when our client was 18 years old. The balance on the sentence to serve is one year, nine months and fifteen days.

The extradition was contested on four grounds, namely:

  1. Section 14: Passage of time;
  2. Section 25: Oppressive because of health;
  3. Article 8 of the Human Rights Act: The right to a private life;
  4. Limitation period.

Following several adjourned hearings before Westminster Magistrates’ Court, our client was discharged by Senior District Judge Riddle on 2 July 2012 on the basis that in the circumstances extradition would be oppressive pursuant to Section 25 of the Extradition Act 2003. Factors he considered in coming to this decision were:

  1. The offence took place nearly 19 years ago;
  2. Our client had served 14 months in custody;
  3. He has been in the community for 18 years and has not been convicted of any offence since;
  4. He was released from prison and for 6/7 years considered mentally unfit to serve a prison sentence;
  5. In 2004/5 his health improved to extent he was deemed for to serve his sentence. He then fled to the UK and has since lived a productive life. He has a business, a wife, a ten-year-old child, and a baby on the way;
  6. If he was returned to Poland and to custody his health would almost certainly deteriorate and he would become a suicide risk (during current proceedings our client was hospitalised at a psychiatric hospital for a period);
  7. If he remains here without the risk of extradition, his health will improve as it did in the past.

The Requesting Authority indicated they wished to appeal the decision; however, within two days of the hearing the CPS advised the defence that they no longer intended to pursue an appeal.

Our client was superbly represented in court by Corinne Bramwell of 9 Bedford Row.

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