Poland attacks High Court over delayed extradition

The Polish government has attacked the High Court decision to delay the extradition of a man over concerns about the rule of law and judicial independence in Poland.

Deputy Justice Minister Marcin Warchol said that, by not handing over 31 year-old Artur Celmer on suspected drug trafficking charges, Ireland was “delaying the punishment of a serious drug mafia criminal sought across Europe”.

But opposition leaders and leading lawyers hit back at this interpretation, blaming the delay on the Polish government, whose far-reaching reforms of the judiciary alarmed the High Court into seeking guidance from the European Court of Justice (ECJ).