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Published in: Khaleej Times
Awatif M. Shoqi Advocates had another high profile win recently after the firm’s lawyers successfully prevented the extradition of a Russian citizen who was resident in the UAE.
The firm’s client was the subject of an international arrest warrant issued by her native country in relation to a fraud case that was alleged to have taken place between 2007 and 2009.
However, the firm’s experienced lawyers used their knowledge of both the international extradition treaty between the UAE and Russia and the local law that regulates fraud charges.
Despite a request from Russian prosecution authorities, the extradition was not legal according to the terms of the treaty with the UAE under Article 4, which states ‘no extradition shall happen if a statute of limitation exists for the alleged crime under UAE law.’
In this case, Article 20 of the Criminal Procedures Law stipulates charges for the fraud that is considered a misdemeanor expire five years after the incident is alleged to have occurred.
Awatif M. Shoqi Advocates successfully argued that our client’s alleged crime fell within such a definition and therefore the extradition request was thrown out.
Our firm praised the dedication of the team for correctly identifying and arguing the law on behalf of their client.
“This is yet another success in a sensitive area of law. Our client’s rights were maintained and he can now continue on with his life her in the UAE as a result.”
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