Hannah Raphael quoted in The Guardian on client’s Turkish extradition fight

Hannah Raphael quoted in The Guardian on client’s Turkish extradition fight

BCL Solicitor, Hannah Raphael has been quoted in The Guardian discussing her client, Ozcan Keles, a British Barrister facing possible extradition to Turkey.


An extract from the article*:

“Ozcan Keles, who is of Turkish descent and holds UK citizenship, appeared at Westminster magistrates court on Monday accused of spreading propaganda online.

The attempt to remove him is the latest in a series of high-profile extradition actions in the British courts against critics or opponents of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

All cases to date have been thrown out on the grounds that they are politically motivated or that Turkey’s prison system breaches human rights. The most recent involved a media proprietor, Hamdi Akın İpek.”

BCL partner, Michael Drury previously represented Mr Ipek in his extradition request under similar circumstances, which was ruled as politically motivated by the High Court.

Hannah Raphael’s quote from the article:

“Hannah Raphael, of BCL Solicitors, who represents Keles, said: “In other European jurisdictions, these types of cases have not got off the ground, presumably because the authorities take the view that they are abusive and they should not get across the starting line.””

*This article was originally published by The Guardian on 20th May 2019. You can read the full version on their site.

Hannah Raphael is a solicitor at BCL specialising in all areas of business and general crime. She has defended clients in proceedings instituted by the SFO, the FCA, HMRC, the Information Commissioner’s office and the CPS. Hannah has acted for high profile clients in relation to allegations of conspiracy to defraud, insider dealing, money laundering, breaches of data protection, and computer misuse.