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European Arrest Warrants

Question for Home Office

UIN 199523, tabled on 6 June 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many German nationals have been extradited to the UK under a European Arrest Warrant in each of the last 10 years.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

11 September 2014

Due to the way data was recorded prior to 2009, it is not possible to provide a breakdown of surrenders of German nationals for the years prior to 2009/2010.

According to information obtained from the National Crime Agency, between the 2009/2010 and 2013/2014 business years, two German nationals were extradited to the UK under a European Arrest Warrant from Germany.

The individuals were Frank Schaper and Michael Luck.

Schaper was wanted for the fraudulent evasion of excise duty after entering the UK driving a lorry containing 8,435,200 cigarettes. No duty had been paid on the cigarettes, and the duty evaded totalled £1,242,080. After failing to attend court in the UK, Schaper was arrested in Germany in September 2009 and extradited back to the UK on 18 September 2009.

Luck was involved in a collision which resulted in the death of another lorry driver in the UK. He failed to appear at a police station as instructed, and
was thought to have fled to Germany. When Luck was eventually located in Germany, he was found to be serving a sentence for another offence. The German authorities subsequently agreed to his temporary surrender and he was returned to the UK on 17 June 2011 to stand trial. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment. He was transferred back to Germany on 17 October 2011 to serve both his remaining German sentence, and his UK sentence.

Figures for 2013 indicate that the main ground for refusal of extradition by Germany to all EU countries, not just the UK, was under Article 4(6) of the
European Arrest Warrant Framework Decision. This provides that where the person has been requested to serve a sentence, the executing state may refuse to extradite its nationals and residents, and instead enforce the sentence in that state

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