On 30 May 2013, the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the EU ruled in the case C-168/13 PPU Jeremy F. v Premier ministre.
In its ruling, the Court said that EU law does not prevent Member States from providing for an appeal suspending execution of a decision extending the effects of a European arrest warrant. EU law does, however, require that, in the case where the Member States choose to provide for such an appeal, the decision to extend should be taken within the time-limits provided for by EU law in cases concerning the European arrest warrant. In the present case, the Crown Court in Maidstone (United Kingdom) issued, on 25 September 2012, a European arrest warrant against Jeremy F., a British national, in connection with criminal proceedings brought against him on the basis of acts which had been committed in the United Kingdom and which, under English law, were liable to constitute the offence of child abduction, for which the maximum penalty is a custodial sentence of seven years. Arrested in France on 28 September 2012, Mr F. expressly declared, before the Cour d’appel de Bordeaux (Bordeaux Court of Appeal), that he consented to his surrender to the judicial authorities of the United Kingdom but did not renounce the speciality rule, under which a person who has been the subject of an arrest warrant may not be prosecuted, sentenced or detained for any offence committed prior to his or her surrender other than that for which he or she was surrendered.
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