QUEEN'S BENCH DIVISION
London WC2A 2LL
B e f o r e :
|(1) CIRCUIT COURT IN OLSZTYN|
|(2) DISTRICT COURT IN WIDZIALI KARNY IN OLSZTYNIE, POLAND||Respondents|
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Ms Hannah Hinton (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) appeared on behalf of the Respondents
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"On 23 December 1997 by misleading an employee of the Division of Transport [at the relevant office], he obtained under false pretences a certification of untrue circumstances in the form of a duplicate of the registration document [for a particular car] ... by stating that he had lost the original document."
"We possess no knowledge when Mr Pokusa left Poland. He did not have any restrictions in trips outside the borders of Poland with the exception of limitations consequential to the duties of the suspect. He did not inform the police or the prosecutor's office about his address in the United Kingdom."
"The fourth matter raised today was under section 14 of the Act in respect of the passage of time since the offences in EAWs 2 and 3 were said to have been committed [there was, I think, a third warrant which contained two other offences of fraud, but there is no argument raised in relation to that beyond the same section 14 argument]. It was conceded on behalf of the requested person that Polish law appears to place a general obligation on an accused person to maintain contact with the prosecuting authorities, attend appointments and report any change of address. It was said there was no specific direction order made by the Polish courts against the requested person preventing him from leaving the Polish jurisdiction. I am not persuaded that that fact shows that the requested person was anything other than a classic fugitive from justice."