Anne Sacoolas, a US citizen, has pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving via video link at a plea and case management hearing at the Old Bailey on 20 October 2022. The preliminary hearing took place at Westminster Magistrates Court on 28 September 2022, also remotely, where she was granted unconditional bail. The CPS has accepted her plea despite having initially charged her with causing death by dangerous driving in December 2019. Sentencing has been adjourned to the end of November 2022, raising questions regarding the length and nature of the sentence and whether she will serve any custodial sentence in the UK, US or at all.
In the following article BCL’s partner Shaul Brazil examines the application in the United Kingdom of the ‘forum bar’ to extradition which was introduced following widespread criticism of the perceived imbalance in the extradition arrangements between the United Kingdom and the United States and the so-called ‘long arm’ jurisdiction of United States criminal law.
The publication of the 5th March letter from Kevin Foster MP Minister of Future Borders and Immigration at the Home Office to the Lord’s EU Justice and Security sub-committee concerning the EU Notification under the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TACA) and specifically ‘Article LAW.SURR.83(2): Nationality exception’ on the surrender of Member States’ own nationals to the UK, throws a light on the true state of the relationship between EU Member States and the UK in extradition.
BCL’s Michael Drury and John Binns discuss with Euronews the cases brought against Zamira Hajiyeva, whose cases were widely reported on for details such as a £16 million spending spree at Harrods and the ownership of a house worth £11 million in Knightsbridge.