On Thursday, 9 May 2024 Mr Justice Swift sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice granted permission to appeal the decision of the Senior District Judge to discharge the Respondent, Mr Chappell.

Mr Chappell is accused of a violent robbery of a Jewellery Store in Tokyo in 2015 in which over £630,000 of jewellery was stolen.

This is the first extradition request from Japan to the UK and a special ad hoc arrangement has been made under section 194 of the Extradition Act 2003.

The appeal is listed for 3 days in October 2024.

Ben Keith leading Georgia Beatty act on behalf of the Government of Japan.

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. He represents governments, political and military leaders, High Net Worth individuals, human rights defenders and business leaders in the most sensitive cases. Ben is recognised within Chambers & Partners High Net Worth Guide: Financial Crime, in the field of Extradition and Immigration, and the Legal 500 in International Crime and Extradition. 

Georgia Beatty is a specialist extradition practitioner who also has a substantial practice in Criminal Law. She is recognised in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for extradition. Her extradition practice includes both Part 1 and Part 2 matters and involves a wide range of legal issues arising under the Extradition Act 2003 and the European Convention on Human Rights.