Danish court annuls decision to extradite Misane to South Africa

  • 2020-02-20
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - A Danish court confirmed on Thursday the Danish Attorney General's decision to overturn the extradition of Latvian citizen Kristine Misane to South Africa, Danish media report.

Such a decision was taken by Danish Prosecutor General Jan Reckendorff after receiving new evidence from the Latvian Prosecutor General's Office, which issued a European arrest warrant for Misane and sent a request to the competent Danish authorities to extradite her to Latvia.

It is expected that Misane will now be extradited to Latvia, where she has been found to be a suspect for evading a court or custody order, theft of a financial instrument and for falsifying documents.

According to the Danish news agency Ritzau, Misane looked tired at Thursday's court proceedings in Copenhagen, but visually relieved at the court verdict.

Meanwhile, Misane's attorney in Denmark Henrik Stagetorn confirmed to LETA that the Danish court has indeed ruled in favor of extraditing Misane to Latvia, and that she must be extradited within the next 20 days.

Explaining the procedure, Stagetorn said that the Danish Prosecutor's Office will now send a letter to the Latvian Prosecutor's Office, which will then have to send a convoy to Denmark to extradite Misane to Latvia. 

He also added that the criminal proceedings against Misane in South Africa has been frozen.