British judge extradited to Italy on money laundering charges

By Christine Duhaime | July 1st, 2012

Judge extradited for suspected money laundering

Colin Dines, a retired British judge and former criminal law lawyer, is being extradited from London to Rome to face charges by an Italian magistrate that he was part of a transnational criminal organization complicit in laundering £344 million at the behest of the mafia.

In 2010, an European Arrest Warrant (“EAW“) was issued against him seeking his extradition. EAWs were approved by the European Union in 2002 to facilitate the extradition of EU citizens to member states to face prosecution. Mr. Dines unsuccessfully appealed his extradition before the England and Wales High Court. In rendering their decision, Lord Justice Hooper and Mr. Justice Singh ruled that there was sufficient evidence showing that Mr. Dines was involved in the alleged money laundering scheme. Mr. Dines subsequently unsuccessfully appealed extradition to the European Court of Human Rights. His son, Andrew Dines, is also being extradited to face similar charges.

Judges and their families are considered politically exposed persons (“PEP“) under anti-money laundering laws because they represent a greater money laundering risk as a result of the possibility that they may abuse their position and influence to carry out corrupt acts, such as accepting and extorting bribes or misappropriation of state assets and then use domestic and international financial systems to launder the proceeds. Under Canadian law, PEPs are, by definition, only foreign.

The England and Wales High Court decision, Neave v. Court of Rome, [2012] EWHC 358, is available here.

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