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Well-known conwoman contests extradition to the UK

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A well-known conwoman and daughter of a property tycoon will not get the psychological care she needs if she is sent to the UK to serve a prison sentence, her lawyers have told the High Court.Farah Damji standing in front of a building© Provided by Extra.ie

Farah Damji, 53, was on trial in the UK when she came to Ireland in February last year.

She was convicted in her absence by Southwark Crown Court, London, of two breaches of a restraining order in April and June 2018. She was sentenced to 27 months in prison, and was arrested in Dublin in August of last year on foot of a European Arrest Warrant.Farah Damji smiling for the camera: Farah Damji, a well-known conwoman and daughter of a property tycoon will not get the psychological care she needs if she is sent to the UK to serve a prison sentence, her lawyers have told the High Court. Pic: Metropolitan Police© Provided by Extra.ie Farah Damji, a well-known conwoman and daughter of a property tycoon will not get the psychological care she needs if she is sent to the UK to serve a prison sentence, her lawyers have told the High Court. Pic: Metropolitan Police

Ms Damji, who said she was from Iceland, was living at Bachelor’s Walk, Dublin 1, and is the daughter of a South African-born property tycoon. She has convictions for fraud and theft dating back to the 1990s. A previous court sitting heard that Ms Damji’s father was a multi-millionaire who passed away ten years ago. It also heard that Ms Damji claimed to gardaí that his fortune had been put into a trust for his grandchildren and that she did not inherit his wealth.

She has six convictions for 28 offences, which include multiple theft and fraud offences dating back to 1995. At the High Court yesterday, Joanne Williams BL told Judge Paul Burns that a psychologist had written a report for the court, in which he said Ms Damji needs ‘long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy’ to help her with her mental health issues. The doctor added that there is ‘no prospect she will be able to access appropriate treatment in the UK’, due to a lack of specialists, the court heard.

Ms Williams argued that to extradite Ms Damji knowing that she would not get adequate treatment would be a breach of her rights under Article 3 of the European Human Rights Act, which prohibits inhumane treatment.a train crossing a bridge over a river: At the High Court yesterday, Joanne Williams BL told Judge Paul Burns that a psychologist had written a report for the court, in which he said Ms Damji needs ‘long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy’ to help her with her mental health issues. Pic: Getty Images© Provided by Extra.ie At the High Court yesterday, Joanne Williams BL told Judge Paul Burns that a psychologist had written a report for the court, in which he said Ms Damji needs ‘long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy’ to help her with her mental health issues. Pic: Getty Images

Emily Farrell SC, for the Minister for Justice, said there is no evidence that Ms Damji’s mental health would be so diminished by surrender to the UK that her Article 3 rights would be breached. Counsel said the UK authorities had filed affidavits saying that on arrival Ms Damji will be seen by a GP who would refer her to any appropriate specialists. Judge Burns adjourned the matter until March 26.

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