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Prison conditions and Coronavirus

13th March 2020

Evidence is emerging of the risks posed to prisoners of Coronavirus. Hannah Hinton argued in a Romanian prison conditions case before Mrs Justice Styen that individuals facing extradition during the crisis were at extra risk. In that case there was evidence that a detainee at Bacau prison had a suspected case of coronavirus and he was evacuated from the prison and the Court where he had visited was temporarily shut down. It transpired he did not have the virus and there was therefore no arguable basis for refusing extradition on that point but the situation is such that it should be kept under review as a potential basis for a postponement of extradition.

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