European Court of Justice closes cross-border case ''Latvia vs Denmark'' in connection with extradition of Latvian citizen to South Africa

  • 2020-07-09
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has terminated proceedings in the cross-border case "Latvia vs Denmark" in connection with the extradition of Latvian citizen Kristine Misane to South Africa, LETA was informed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The ministry explained that the ECHR had removed the case from the list of pending cases because the dispute has been resolved.

On 19 February, in accordance with the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Latvia filed a lawsuit against Denmark in connection with the extradition of Latvian citizen to Misane to South Africa.

On 20 February, a Danish court overturned the extradition of Misane to South Africa and decided to extradite her to Latvia on the basis of a European arrest warrant issued by the Latvian Prosecutor General's Office.

On March 3, the woman was extradited to Latvia. Taking into account that after the transfer of Misane to Latvia the risk of her extradition to South Africa had disappeared, Latvia applied to the court to remove the case from the list of pending cases, as the dispute between Latvia and Denmark had been resolved. The decision of the court is final and not subject to appeal.

As reported, Misane met a citizen of South Africa in 2011 and they had a daughter four years later. However, conflicts began between the two parents, which were initially financially motivated. The man then unilaterally decided to end the relationship and began to abuse both Misane and two minors in the family.

Fearing for the safety and lives of herself and her children, in Misane returned to Latvia in May 2018. In December 2018, Misane went on a business trip through Copenhagen to Mozambique, but was detained while crossing the border because she was wanted by Interpol. South Africa had told Interpol that Misane was wanted for kidnapping a minor. Now the woman is facing a fifteen-year prison sentence in South Africa.