- UK choose says Arif Naqvi might be extradited to the US
- Naqvi’s security is not going to be in danger in US jails, opposite to the businessman’s lawyer, says UK choose
- Arif Naqvi to attraction towards the choice on the London Excessive Courtroom
LONDON: The Westminster Magistrates’ Courtroom has ordered the extradition of Abraaj founder and famend Pakistani businessman Arif Naqvi to face fees of fraud, money-laundering and racketeering which carry, in whole, an unimaginable 300 years in jail.
Senior District Choose Emma Arbuthnot ordered that the Pakistani nationwide businessman must be extradited to the US and that his security and rights is not going to be in danger within the US jails as argued by Naqvi’s lawyer through the extradition hearings.
Arif Naqvi expressed no feelings when the choice was learn out. Arif Naqvi’s lawyer will attraction towards the extradition on the London Excessive Courtroom. He didn’t converse to media when he arrived on the court docket together with his attorneys forward of the choice.
The choice comes weeks after an identical request for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was blocked by Choose Vanessa Baraitser.
The US request to extradite Assange was blocked on foundation of the 49-year-old Australian editor’s deteriorating bodily and psychological well being situations, with District Choose Vanessa Baraitser saying she refused because of “fears that he could commit suicide”, comparable in Naqvi’s case as his attorneys have publicly said through the proceedings earlier than the chief Justice of the Peace, Senior District Choose Emma Arbuthnot.
Choose Baraitser had dominated on the Previous Bailey court docket on January 4, 2021, that Assange couldn’t be extradited to the US because of dangers pertaining to his psychological well being and took discover to the submissions by the editor’s attorneys in relation to elevated considerations that got here to gentle in recent times over jail situations on the US services.
A number of skilled witnesses appeared through the Arif Naqvi case proceedings to testify earlier than the choose about situations on the US jail services the place the Pakistani businessperson would probably be held.
It’s notable that whereas most white-collar detainees within the US — primarily Individuals — 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. American prisons are notoriously gang-ridden, with violence and medicines rampant throughout the system, typically with the assistance of those that work within the prisons themselves.
James Troisi, one of many skilled witnesses who has held numerous senior positions on the ECC, was quoted as saying: “There are certainly bad apples in the mix of sworn staff.
“There have been situations the place sworn workers — both by way of cowardice or attentiveness — allowed bodily altercations to proceed with no response,” Troisi testified.
“Mr Naqvi might be seen as a person of means and there might be individuals that may need him to supply commissary purchases and supply items if he desires to eat tomorrow”.
Six skilled witnesses in whole have offered proof to the UK court docket, noting that sending Naqvi to a US jail would compromise his human rights, endanger his life by exposing him to potential violence, and sure lead to no entry to correct treatment and ample take care of his well being.
Aside from Troisi, others who gave video testimonies to assist their written ones within the final listening to included Michael Baldassare, Joel Sickler, James Joshua Dratel, and Lindsay Lewis.
Baldassare, a lawyer and an skilled witness, apprised the court docket of the state of affairs on the Essex County Correctional Facility (ECCF), saying it was “chaos”, whereas situations had been as dangerous as these on the Metropolitan Correctional Facility (MCC) in Manhattan and Metropolitan Detention Centre (MDC) in Brooklyn.
Sickler, one other skilled, commented that prisons are “psychologically and emotionally debilitating for prisoners in the US… prisons are inherently dysfunctional in 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 the US over allegations of cash laundering, racketeering, and fraud. The Pakistani nationwide faces near an unimaginable 300 years in jail on 16 counts if extradited to America regardless of, as an earlier listening to was advised, all buyers getting their a refund.
Naqvi has by way of his attorneys continued to strongly protest the disturbingly lengthy, 300-year sentence.