English football fan Garry Mann has lost his fight to avoid being extradited to Portugal to serve a two year prison term (see the Algarve Resident edition August 21), UK press reported this week.
Garry Mann was given the prison term following his alleged involvement in football riots in Albufeira during the Euro 2004 football tournament.
Lord Justice Moses of the High Court in London declared on January 19 that he had no jurisdiction to intervene in the extradition but has granted lawyers for Garry Mann a stay of 14 days pending a judicial review. He said that he hoped that the European Court of Human Rights would be able to intervene to “strive to achieve some measure of justice for Mr Mann.”
Following the decision, Garry Mann said: “I am bitterly disappointed with today’s decision. My sovereign right to justice has been denied me. It is nearly six years on – six years of stress my family could have been spared.”