Julian B. Knowles QC and Aaron Watkins today successfully secured the stay of extradition proceedings brought by the Government of Albania against Francesco Becchetti and Mauro De Renzis. Mr Becchetti and Mr De Renzis are Italian nationals with business interests in Albania, and Mr Becchetti is also the owner of Leyton Orient Football Club. Albania had sought their extradition from the United Kingdom on various charges, including fraud and money laundering, which the two men maintained were false and politically motivated. Today District Judge Tempia sitting at Westminster Magistrates Court held that Albania had put material before the court in support of its case which was ‘totally misleading’, and that consequently the proceedings were an abuse of process and ought to be stayed.
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