Michael Drury talks to NBC about the issue of human rights in extradition cases

Michael Drury talks to NBC about the issue of human rights in extradition cases

BCL partner, Michael Drury discusses the details of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights with NBC News.


An extract featuring Michael Drury’s quote*:

“Assange’s defense is likely to claim the charges are politically-motivated and violate his freedom of expression, protected by Article 10 in the European Convention on Human Rights, according to Michael Drury, a lawyer specializing in extradition cases for the London-based firm BCL Solicitors.

It stands to be a “highly unusual” argument in an extradition case, Drury told NBC News. Extradition cases more often see claims that a defendant would be treated inhumanely or harmed.

The U.S. is almost always successful in extradition cases from Britain, Drury said.

British law requires the first hearing in an extradition case to be heard within 21 days of the order being filed. But given the complexity of the arguments, Drury said it could likely take up to a year for the case to be presented and delivered a verdict. If either side appeals the decision, it could extend the process another six to 12 months.

In the meantime, it’s unlikely Assange will be granted bail because of the previous breach, said Drury.”

*This article was originally published by NBC News on 27th May 2019. You can read the full article on their website.

Michael Drury is a partner at BCL with a diverse practice, ranging from extradition to representing individuals in regulatory proceedings brought by the FCA; acting in criminal investigations by the SFO; and is a leading expert on surveillance and investigatory powers as well as information law and cybercrime.