Acts on highly complex matters, including those involving terrorism crimes and European Arrest Warrant
A European Arrest Warrant were issued against our client for the alleged offenses of terrorism and/or supporting a terrorist organization in Germany.
Efstathios C. Efstathiou had argued successfully that the initial EAW by German authorities was invalid because it was issued at the state level. After a preliminary order to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), the Court of Justice considered Public prosecutor’s offices in Germany as not sufficiently independent to issue EAWs (Joined Cases C-508/18 and C-82/19 PPU, OG and PI),
The initial EAW was revoked by the Prosecution and the same day a second EAW re-issued by the relevant judicial authority.
After the hearing of the second EAW request by the German judicial authorities, the EAWwas rejected since the single-judge court said in a 52-page decision that the European arrest warrant was issued for the purpose of his prosecution for his political beliefs and political opinions.