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Dutch courts to stop extraditing Polish suspects

Dutch courts to stop extraditing Polish suspects

A Court in Amsterdam ruled that The Netherlands will stop extraditing suspects or convicts to Poland over concerns that the country’s courts are no longer independent.

The same court had already asked the Court of Justice of the EU in a similar case in July whether the extradition of Polish suspects must be halted considering that “the independence of Polish courts and thus the right to a fair trial have come under increasing pressure.”

The Dutch court said in a statement that it had sent additional questions to the CJEU to be sure that “the lack of sufficient guarantees for the independence of Polish judges has any consequences” for requests under the European Arrest Warrant system.

Cf Politico.eu, https://www.politico.eu/article/dutch-netherlands-courts-to-stop-extraditing-poland-suspects/