The Chief Magistrate has ruled that there is no effective independent monitoring of Russian prisons, which has resulted in discharging four individuals facing extradition. The Senior District judge found that there was a real risk of violating the individual’s rights under Article 3 of the European Court of Human Rights if they were extradited due to the lack of independent monitoring.
This decision effectively halts all Russian requests until the Russian Federation can demonstrate that there is a proper system of independent and effective monitoring of prison conditions. The Russian Federation has applied for permission to appeal.
James Stansfeld was involved in this case and represented one of the four requested persons.