Ben Keith instructed to represent Mr Jonah Horne before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg in his extradition appeal. 

Mr Horne faces extradition from the United Kingdom to the United States of America. He is requested to stand trial in Florida for a charge of second-degree murder.

The European Court of Human Rights ordered under Rule 39 that his extradition should be stayed pending further argument.

Horne v United Kingdom (Application no. 34392/21) is the third case that Mr Keith has been instructed in, raising the issue of whether life without parole (“LWOP”) sentences imposed in the US are “irreducible” and compliant with Article 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights. The appeal is against the decisions of the Northern Ireland Divisional Court in Horne v United States of America (No. 1) [2019] NIQB 106; Horne v United States of America (No. 2) [2021] NIQB 36 Horne v United States of America (No. 3) [2021] NIQB 67.

This case follows on from the case in which Mr Keith acted for Sanchez-Sanchez v United Kingdom in which the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights clarified the law on life without parole and extradition and for Patrick Bijan Balahan v Sweden in which Mr Keith recently made submissions to the Court to appeal the decision to the Grand Chamber.

Barrister Ben Keith was instructed by Roger Sahota at Berkley Square Solicitors in this case, the case of Balahan and the case of Sanchez-Sanchez.

Ben Keith is a leading barrister specialising in cross-border and international cases. He deals with all aspects of Extradition, Human Rights, Mutual Legal Assistance, Interpol, Financial crime and International Law including sanctions.