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Convicted rapist is one of FIVE men trying to exploit a Brexit ‘loophole’ to avoid extradition

Convicted rapist is one of FIVE men trying to exploit a Brexit ‘loophole’ to avoid extradition

  • Rapist is one of five men trying to exploit Brexit ‘loophole to avoid extradition
  • If successful, could see more suspected criminals released on to the streets 
  • High Court heard there was ‘no power to extradite any individual’ to  an EU country if they were arrested under European Arrest Warrant before Brexit

A convicted rapist was one of five men trying to exploit a Brexit ‘loophole’ to avoid extradition yesterday.

If their legal bid is successful it could see many more suspected criminals released on to British streets. 

The High Court heard that there was ‘no power to extradite any individual’ to an EU country if they were arrested under a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) before Brexit. 

The High Court, pictured, heard that there was ‘no power to extradite any individual’ to an EU country if they were arrested under a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) before Brexit

One of the men, Tomas Ovsianikovas, was convicted of rape in 2014 but has now reached ‘the automatic release point’ for that sentence. 

However, the 35-year-old is being held at HMP Wandsworth on an EAW issued by Lithuania for allegedly robbing someone. 

The five men claim being held in custody on an EAW ‘became unlawful from January 1’. 

The court is likely to give its ruling next week. 

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