London24 on June 12, 2013 released the following:
“A man from west London who is wanted in the US for conspiring to import crystal meth must be extradited without the public knowing his identity, the High Court ruled today.
Two judges said the man, known only as “B”, must not be named to protect his vulnerable 12-year-old daughter, “H”, from publicity.
The court had been told by B’s lawyers that father and daughter were very close and removing him from the UK could “devastate” her – but nevertheless the court ruled B must stand trial in the US, where he is accused of involvement in conspiracies to import and distribute crystal meth between 2011-12.
B was alleged to have been involved in organising the deals through multiple phone calls with a New York contact without ever leaving the UK. His lawyers contended it was a case of entrapment.
Refusing the man’s appeal against extradition, the judges rejected his claim that his removal would cause a disproportionate breach of his daughter’s right to a family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
They imposed reporting restrictions, saying the girl was facing a “deeply troubling” time and entitled to protection from media attention.
Sir John Thomas, president of the Queen’s Bench Division, sitting with Mr Justice Cranston, said seeing her father extradited to New York would be hard on H, and “it would be horrible for her to go to school” with others knowing what was happening to her and her father.
The judge also gave an indication to the US authorities that B had “scrupulously observed his bail conditions” in the UK, and might be a suitable candidate for parole in the run-up to his trial so that his daughter could remain with him.
But the judge stressed it was a matter for American prosecutors and judges.
B was appealing against a ruling by Senior District Judge Howard Riddle at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in December 2012 that his case was fit for extradition.
Home Secretary Theresa May subsequently ordered B’s removal in February this year.
Two of the offences B of which B stands accused in the US carry maximum sentences of life imprisonment, Mr Justice Cranston said.
The judge said: “We know the appellant is alleged to have offered to supply up to five kilograms of crystal meth per week.”
He added: “The future of H is deeply troubling, but it is plainly not disproportionate for the appellant to be extradited to the US to stand trial there on such serious charges.””
Douglas McNabb – McNabb Associates, P.C.’s
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