NatWest Three lose High Court extradition appeal

West End firm Jeffrey Green Russell has lost an attempt to prevent the extradition of three former NatWest bankers to the US on Enron-related fraud charges.

Partner Mark Spragg was acting for the ‘NatWest Three’ – David Bermingham, Gary Mulgrew, and Giles Darby – in their appeal to the High Court against extradition. The three are accused of conspiracy to fraud over the sale of part of US energy giant Enron, which sensationally collapsed in in 2001.

This morning (Tuesday 21 February) Lord Justice Laws and Mr Justice Ouseley rejected the appeal, also dismissing an argument that the Serious Fraud Office should investigate the case.

The three appealed against the decision of home secretary Charles Clark and a magistrates’ court to have them extradited to face the charges in the US, arguing that the case should be heard in the UK.

Spragg instructed Great James Street Chambers’ Alun Jones QC for the bankers. Serle Court’s Khawar Qureshi, junior counsel to the Crown, acted for the government. 3 Raymond Building’s Hugo Keith appeared for the Attorney General.