Saturday, August 18, 2012

Judge blasts Poles who try to avoid deportation and rules prisons in Poland 'meet human rights obligations'

A senior judge yesterday cracked down on Poles clogging up the British courts to avoid facing justice in their homeland.

He said the courts had been inundated with appeals against extradition based on ‘unfounded’ complaints about conditions in Polish prisons.

Dismissing six cases, Sir John Thomas, president of the Queen’s Bench Division, rejected claims that conditions in Polish prisons are so ‘inhuman or degrading’ that they violate inmates’ fundamental rights.

All six applicants in yesterday’s hearing, who moved to the UK to live and work, were held under European arrest warrants in connection with alleged crimes committed in Poland.

Each case raised the issue of whether extraditing the applicant would, because of Polish prison conditions, result in inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment in breach of article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, said the judge. Read More