Football fan loses extradition fight over Portugal riot
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Mann, 52, a retired Kent firefighter, was arrested three hours after the riot in Albufeira on the Algarve and convicted within 24 hours under a fast-track process brought in for the championships. Compra Zapatillas Nike nike air max heren Nike Air Max 2016 Heren blauw The court had one English-speaking interpreter, two lawyers representing 12 men and little opportunity for the accused to call witnesses.
Detective Constable Alan Rutter, an officer with Humberside police who attended the trial to advise Portuguese police on English supporters at Euro 2004, described the trial as a farce. Nike Paris Canotte Basket Maglie Dallas Mavericks He said there was no adequate interpretation and Mann did not understand most of the proceedings.
Mann Authentic Prada Shoes Outlet was found guilty and accepted voluntary deportation from Portugal, understood at the time to be in place of serving his sentence in Britain.
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British courts reluctantly rejected Mann’s appeal against extradition, with high court judge Lord Justice Moses declaring at a hearing in January Authentic Prada Clutch that he could not “leave this application without remarking upon the inability of this court to rectify what appears to be a serious injustice to Mr Mann”.
At another hearing, in March, he called for “mediation or grown-up people getting their heads together”.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish “I cannot believe anybody wants this man to go and do two years in Albufeira jail,” he said. Nike Air Max Tavas damskie Matt Cain Jersey new balance 1500 ebay “It is just an embarrassment for everybody, this whole case, and it ought to disappear.”
In October 2008, British police arrested Mann acting on a European arrest warrant issued by their Portuguese counterparts, who requested his return to serve the two-year sentence.
Nike Roshe Run Homme Authentic Prada Outlet Online Uk The extradition request came as a shock to Mann, who had returned to his job then as a firefighter in Faversham, Kent, and to his partner, two daughters and four stepdaughters.
Mann has always maintained that he was drinking at the Blues Bar with his brother and a friend at the time of the Albufeira riot, which involved about 100 people.
His case was taken up by Fair Trials International, which defends the rights of those facing charges in a country other than their own.
Rebecca Shaeffer, Mann’s case Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Official Website worker at Fair Trials International, said: “This case is an example of why the European arrest system needs to be reformed. Nike Store Fjallraven Kanken Sverige
It is a case where the UK is not protecting its citizens.”
Shaeffer said the Portuguese authorities were under the impression that Mann would serve his two-year sentence in the UK, whereas Mann and the British consular authorities thought deportation was the punishment.
“There seems to confusion because Authentic Prada Authentic Prada Gauffre Bag Fairy Bag Sale of the emergency legislation that was brought in for the championship,” she said.
The group argues that the objective of the European arrest warrant, which is to facilitate Biggest Prada Outlet In Italy the quick return of fugitives, has to be balanced with human rights.
“I am proud to be English but sad and embarrassed that this government and its laws have not stood up for me as an English citizen,” Mann told a press conference in London.