The 30-year-old from Będzin (Silesian Voivodeship) was wanted by a European arrest warrant by an investigative court in Malaga (Spain). He is suspected of involvement in the mafia that transported drugs from Spain to other European Union countries. They detained him in Będzin, he was interrogated at the prosecutor’s office in Sosnowiec, he will be tried in Spain.
On November 15, policemen in Będzin detained a 30-year-old resident of this city, who was wanted by the Spaniards. A court of inquiry in Malaga on October 6, 2021, issued a European arrest warrant for him.
– The man is suspected of drug trafficking and participation in an organized criminal group. Members of this group transported drugs from Spain to other EU countries, informs Waldemar Łubniewski, spokesman for the District Prosecutor’s Office in Sosnowiec.
The 30-year-old did not drop by accident during the inspection for another reason. – We knew from the Spanish side that he might be wanted in Poland. We conducted operational work, we determined where he could be. It was not easy, because he was in different places, we followed him – says Marcin Szopa, spokesman for the police in Będzin.
The very circumstances of the arrest are covered by the secrecy of the investigation.
100 days in detention, three days against the surrender decision
On November 17, the man was brought to the District Prosecutor’s Office in Sosnowiec, where he was questioned as a suspect. On the same day, the prosecutor made an application to the District Court in Katowice for the temporary arrest of the 30-year-old and his transfer to the Spanish side as a prosecuted person under the EAW.
According to the prosecutor’s office in Sosnowiec, on November 17, 2021, the District Court in Katowice, taking into account the prosecutor’s request, placed the 30-year-old in pre-trial detention for one hundred days and decided to transfer the defendant to Spain. – The court had 24 hours to decide on the arrest and 40 days to consent to the transfer of the detainee to another country. He could ask the Spanish side for additional documents if he had doubts. It was possible to do everything in one day – points out Waldemar Łubniewski
The procedure is carried out on the basis of Article 607 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which provides for the activities of the authorities prior to the surrender of a prosecuted person under the European arrest warrant. According to the regulation, the time of arrest necessary to surrender the prosecuted person may not exceed one hundred days. – The court’s decision must become final. Then you have to organize transport – lists Łubniewski.
Spaniards will pick him up from the airport in Warsaw
Now the traffic is on the detainee’s side. He has seven days to appeal the detention order and only three days to appeal against the decision to transfer him to Spain.
When the court’s decision becomes final, Poland should hand over the 30-year-old to Spaniards immediately, no later than within 10 days. In practice, the party that issued the EAW collects the suspect from the airport in Warsaw, where the detainee is delivered by the Polish services.
Łubniewski explains that the arrest was ordered for a maximum period of one hundred days because of unforeseen circumstances, such as travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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