EU top lawyer says problems with rule of law don’t always justify extradition bans

Problems with the rule of law in Poland or any other EU country shouldn’t automatically trigger the suspension of extraditions to that country, an EU advocate general said in a nonbinding opinion issued Thursday. 

Advocate General Manuel Campos Sánchez-Bordona said that while judicial cooperation between EU countries relies on “the principles of mutual recognition and mutual trust,” any suspension of extraditing prisoners and convicts is “an exceptional response that must correspond to exceptional circumstances.”

Even if an EU country is suffering from “systemic or generalised deficiencies” in its legal system, that doesn’t mean other countries should automatically ban all extraditions.

The case was sent to the Court of Justice of the EU by Dutch judges, who in September decided to stop extraditing suspects or convicts to Poland over concerns that the country’s courts are no longer independent. The judges said they would completely suspend the procedure of the European Arrest Warrant — an internal EU extradition scheme — until they get a final clarification from the EU court.

Similar doubts about the independence of Polish courts from political interference have been expressed by courts in Germany, Ireland and Spain.

The Polish government’s changes to the court system have been strongly criticized by the European Commission, which has launched a series of infringement procedures against Warsaw. Poland is also under an Article 7 procedure over concerns it is backsliding on the rule of law, which could see it lose its voting rights in the European Council.

The advocate general’s decision is nonbinding, but the Luxembourg court usually follows their guidance.

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