Fate of Galojan Appeal to Be Decided Soon ({{commentsTotal}})

Anna-Maria Galojan
Anna-Maria Galojan Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

A British court is set to rule in a matter of weeks whether to extradite a former Estonian politician and NGO director who embezzled money, rus.err.ee learned.

Last Friday, a British appeals court gave Anna-Maria Galojan's defenders seven days to make additional arguments why she should not be sent back to Estonia to start serving her sentence from a 2011 conviction.

The prosecution then has seven days to counter the claims, meaning that a decision is due in about two weeks.

Known for holding a position in Reform Party youth politics and her ostentatious fashion sense, Galojan was convicted in 2011 of embezzling about 60,000 euros from a pro-EU non-profit, European Movement Estonia, and sentenced to five months of real jail time.

The Supreme Court declined to hear the case in January 2012, finalizing her conviction. But she fled to Britain the next month just before she was due to start serving her sentence.

The extradition request was initially complicated by problems over which Estonian authority was entitled under British law to file for Galojan's return, causing some embarrassment for the Estonian government - arguably for both countries. In July of this year, the Westminster Magistrates' Court ruled that Galojan had to be extradited. Galojan appealed the decision.

Under certain circumstances, the appeals court decision can also be appealed.

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