In the Media

Extradition not preventing contempt penalty

PUBLISHED April 11, 2014

Supreme CourtPublished April 11, 2014Director of the Serious Fraud Office v O’BrienBefore Lord Mance, Lord Wilson, Lord Carnwath, Lord Hughes and Lord ToulsonJudgment April 2, 2014The “specialty” rule, prohibiting a person who has been extradited to the United Kingdom for a particular offence from then being charged with other offences committed before his extradition, did not prevent his being imprisoned for contempt of court arising from having disobeyed an order made in the Crown Court before he had fled the jurisdiction.

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