Misāne extradition put on hold by Denmark, says sister

Denmark has temporarily suspended the extradition of a Latvian citizen, Kristīne Misāne, to South Africa, where she is accused of child abduction and document forgery, Misāne's sister Marīte Batrack told LTV February 19.

A Danish court decided on 14 February  not to release Misāne from custody, and her extradition was scheduled for Friday, 20 February. Representatives of the Republic of South Africa arrived in Copenhagen on Wednesday to escort her to South Africa, according to LSM's Latvian language service.  

However, on Tuesday, February 18, at the request of the Prosecutor General's Office, the Vidzeme Suburb Court approved an arrest warrant for the extradition of Misāne to Latvia. However, this does not necessarily mean that Misāne will be extradited to Latvia. 

Edgars Rinkevics on Misane caseMike Collier/LSM

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, February 18, the Latvian government supported the Foreign Ministry's (MFA) proposal to bring a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) regarding the Misāne case, as explained to LSM by Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

Later on Wednesday, 19 February, Latvian Minister of Justice Jānis Bordāns was reported to have sent a letter to the Danish Minister of Justice Nick Hækkerup and Attorney General Jan Reckendorf, stressing the need to return Misāne to Latvia.

"In his letter, J. Bordans emphasizes that this is the best solution, because Misāne's family and children are in Latvia. The purpose of the letter is to have the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) submitted by Latvia for the extradition of Misāne in the extradition case preferred over the request for extradition to the Rebublic of South Africa," a statement from the Justice Ministry said.

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