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  • A number of professional witnesses testified about circumstances at US jail amenities the place Pakistani businessperson Arif Naqvi would seemingly be held
  • US request to extradite Assange was blocked on foundation of the Australian editor’s deteriorating bodily and psychological well being circumstances
  • An professional witness says “there are gangs and career criminals in every housing unit” in america

LONDON: A Justice of the Peace’s court docket in the UK is about to announce later this week whether or not Pakistani enterprise magnate, The Abraaj Group founder Arif Naqvi, could be extradited to america or not — simply weeks after an identical request for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was blocked.

The USA’ request to extradite Assange was blocked on foundation of the 49-year-old Australian editor’s deteriorating bodily and psychological well being circumstances, with District Choose Vanessa Baraitser saying she refused resulting from “fears that he could commit suicide”, related in Naqvi’s case as his legal professionals have publicly said throughout the proceedings earlier than the chief Justice of the Peace, Senior District Choose Emma Arbuthnot.

Learn extra: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange won’t be extradited to US, says British court docket

Choose Baraitser had dominated on the Outdated Bailey court docket on January 4, 2021, that Assange couldn’t be extradited to the US resulting from dangers pertaining to his psychological well being and took discover to the submissions by the editor’s legal professionals in relation to elevated considerations that got here to gentle in recent times over jail circumstances on the US amenities.

Assange is needed in america over 18 expenses pertaining to the 2010 launch of 500,000 secret recordsdata detailing the points of navy campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq by WikiLeaks.

Nonetheless, regardless of arguments of clear political motivation and demonstrated potential interference, the decide didn’t embody any of it in her resolution, stating as an alternative that whereas prosecutors met the exams for extradition, the US was “incapable of preventing him from attempting to take his own life if sent to prison there.”

Additionally learn: Arif Naqvi might be on the mercy of gangsters if despatched to US jail, witnesses say

Equally, a number of professional witnesses have appeared throughout the Arif Naqvi case proceedings to testify earlier than the decide about circumstances on the US jail amenities the place the Pakistani businessperson would seemingly be held.

It’s notable that whereas most white-collar detainees within the US — primarily People — are held in open prisons or camps, the identical wouldn’t be the case for the Abraaj Group founder as he’s a international nationwide and would, subsequently, be subjected to a medium-security jail on the very least.

Compromise on Naqvi’s ‘human rights’?

James Troisi, one of many professional witnesses who has held varied senior positions on the ECC, was quoted as saying: “There are certainly bad apples in the mix of sworn staff [at US prisons].”

“There have been instances where sworn staff — either through cowardice or attentiveness — allowed physical altercations to continue without a response,” Troisi testified. “I am aware of instances where sworn staff were guilty of using excessive force or taking out their bad day on detainees.

“It could be a really temporary time period earlier than Mr Naqvi’s standing could be widespread information. There are gangs and profession criminals in each housing unit.

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“Mr Naqvi will be seen as a man of means and there will be people that will want him to provide commissary purchases and provide goods if he wants to eat tomorrow”.

Six expert witnesses in total have provided evidence to the UK court, noting that “sending Naqvi to a US jail would compromise his human rights, endanger his life by exposing him to potential violence, and sure end in no entry to correct treatment and satisfactory look after his well being.”

Apart from Troisi, others who gave video testimonies to support their written ones in the last hearing included Michael Baldassare, Joel Sickler, James Joshua Dratel, and Lindsay Lewis.

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Naqvi’s lawyers have argued that prison conditions in the United States
“have worsened considerably, falling wanting Article 3 of the Human Rights Conference — particularly with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Baldassare, a lawyer and an expert witness, apprised the court of the situation at the Essex County Correctional Facility (ECCF), saying it was “chaos”, while conditions were as bad as those at the Metropolitan Correctional Facility (MCC) in Manhattan and Metropolitan Detention Centre (MDC) in Brooklyn.

The ECC has been provided as an alternative to the other prisons because Naqvi’s lawyers had already raised serious concerns to the court about those facilities.

Naqvi, Baldassare told the court, would be “unable to get bail within the US as a result of the best way wherein the system is weighed in opposition to him — he’s neither a US citizen nor does he have robust group ties in New York.” Further, it was still unclear as to what the prosecutors would seek by the way of bail.

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Sickler, another expert, commented that prisons are “psychologically and emotionally debilitating for prisoners within the US… prisons are inherently dysfunctional within the US” and that he was “already traumatised by the seven weeks spent in HM Jail Wandsworth.”

Again in April 2019, Naqvi was arrested in London on a request from america over allegations of money-laundering, racketeering, and fraud. The Pakistani nationwide faces near an unbelievable 300 years in jail on 16 counts if extradited to America regardless of, as an earlier listening to was instructed, all traders getting their a reimbursement.

Naqvi has by his legal professionals continued to strongly protest the disturbingly-long, 300-year sentence.

The listening to has concluded and a choice due quickly.

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