Graham Mitchell - Portugal
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Mr Graham Mitchell, a British citizen from Kent, was prosecuted for attempted murder in Portugal in 1994-5. He spent one year in pre-trial detention during which time he was subject to serious ill treatment. He was finally acquitted, released and returned home to the UK to start the difficult task of rebuilding his life.
Portugal has now issued a European Arrest Warrant seeking his extradition to face charges based on the same facts as the original prosecution 18 years ago. Graham was arrested at his home in early 2012 and taken into custody before being granted bail by a British court. He now faces the ordeal of extradition proceedings in the UK and the threat of a new trial in Portugal.
Update – We are delighted to report that in May 2012 the Portuguese authorities dropped their request to extradite Graham due to the amount of time that has passed.
Last updated: 4 October 2012Full downloadable spotlight with further details