QUEEN'S BENCH DIVISION
London WC2A 2LL
B e f o r e :
MR JUSTICE GRIFFITH WILLIAMS
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MISS L RAFTER (instructed by THE CROWN PROSECUTION SERVICE) appeared on behalf of the Defendant
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"I find the warrant was not served, but this is a post-conviction warrant, no prejudice. I use my discretion not to discharge".
"Mr Pisarek did not ask for an adjournment of the hearing, he was not legally represented, legal aid had not been granted as insufficient financial details had been provided. When the court enquired whether Mr Pisarek wished for an opportunity to supply those financial details, or to pay privately for a lawyer to represent him, he indicated he did not. He confirmed in terms that he was ready to proceed with the extradition hearing that afternoon".
I observe that that note earlier records that the appellant had the benefit of an interpreter.
"The government submitted that the problem with overcrowding in Polish detention facilities had started in September 2000. It was at its worst in November 2006, with a rate of overcrowding peeking at 24 per cent. Since then, however, a series of robust measures have been undertaken to fight the problem of overcrowding. As a result, the rates of overcrowding, calculated for all detention facilities, dropped, by September 2008, to 6.8 per cent, and calculated only for prisons and remand centres, to 8.1 per cent."
"On December 6, a new provision took effect that provides mechanisms to prevent prison overcrowding, including deferring sentences if the total number of prisoners would accede the prison capacity. In an effort to meet this requirement, prison officials converted many common areas, such as activity rooms and libraries, into cells".