A threatened extradition to a third country can mean more than the deprivation of liberty itself. In some cases, the persons concerned must also fear for their physical integrity, even their very lives.
Schlun & Elseven is an internationally active law firm specialising, among other things, in representing clients in extradition proceedings. Our extradition lawyers have the necessary expertise and years of experience in dealing with Interpol and the extradition authorities to represent you with competence and commitment during this difficult time. They assist clients who are to be extradited from or to Germany and take on the defence in all Interpol proceedings to obtain the cancellation of Interpol Red Notices. Germany concluded an extradition treaty with Hong Kong in 2006 so that extraditions can be carried out between these two states in a simplified manner. However, the relationship between China and Hong Kong affects any extradition procedures in Hong Kong. There is a degree of independence from China due to Hong Kong’s Special Administrative Region status, but this has decreased in recent years.
In addition to existing doubts about whether persons would be extradited from Hong Kong to China, China’s influence on Hong Kong continued to grow, so that human and civil rights in Hong Kong were and are increasingly restricted. Germany suspended the extradition agreement with Hong Kong in response to China’s interference.
Now that the agreement has been suspended, extradition requests are assessed according to the general requirements of the IRG, the Law on International Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters. However, no extraditions to Hong Kong have taken place for years.