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Greek extradition refused after the authorities failed to provide a prison assurance

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Florence Iveson represented one of three requested persons whose extradition to Greece was refused yesterday at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, after the Greek authorities failed to provide a prison assurance.

Following the service of expert evidence from Professor Tsitselikis, the Greek authorities conceded earlier in the year that Diavata Prison in Thessaloniki was seriously overcrowded and sought time to provide an assurance. Upon failing to provide one at the extradition hearing, the Greek authorities were given an additional month to come up with an assurance. Yesterday a further adjournment application was refused and the requested persons were discharged, because the District Judge could not discount the real risk that they would be detained in inhuman and degrading conditions.

Florence was instructed by John Howey of JFH Law. The other requested persons were represented by Stefan Hyman (insructed by Lawrence and Co)  and Ben Joyes (instructed by Stephen Lickerish and Co).