Saturday 22 October 2016



An Irish national is wanted by the authorities in Spain where he is accused of being involved in facilitating human trafficking, the High Court was told yesterday.

Wei Yu, originally from China but a naturalised Irish citizen, is accused by the Spanish of providing Chinese nationals with forged documents to allow them enter the European Union.

In a European Arrest Warrant seeking his extradition the authorities in Spain claim the accused was involved in an incident where a number of Chinese nationals were found to have false travel documents while attempting to fly from Alicante in Spain to Dublin in December 2011.

The warrant stated that Wei Yu was, in his absence, given a custodial sentence of five years imprisonment by a Spanish court. The Dublin High Court heard that since he was sentenced in absentia he would be entitled to seek to have that sentence annulled if extradited to Spain.

Following his recent arrest by the Gardai on foot of the Eureopean Arrest Warrant Mr Yu, who is 49, was brought before the High Court in Dublin and was remanded in custody.

The matter was mentioned again today before Mr Justice Robert Haughton at a vacation sitting of the High Court.

Barrister Tony McGillicuddy, counsel for Wei Yu, said that his client wished to apply for bail pending the determination of the extradition request. However the application was not ready to proceed, counsel said.

Mr McGillicuddy told Judge Haughton that the matter was urgent and he hoped to apply for bail in the coming days. Mr Justice Haughton agreed to adjourn the bail hearing to later this week and remanded Wei Yu in custody. Mr Yu's Irish address was not disclosed in court. Ends

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