Jack Shepherd's lawyer says he COULD support extradition to the UK – Daily Mail


Jack Shepherd’s lawyer claims speedboat killer WILL be extradited back to UK if he can be convinced he will be ‘safe’ in a British prison

  • Mariam Kublashvili said she fought first extradition bid to ‘respect procedures’
  • Told Victoria Derbyshire Programme she and Shepherd could change approach
  • Would require guarantee that Shepherd would be safe in British jail, she claimed 

Rory Tingle For Mailonline

Jack Shepherd’s Georgian lawyer has claimed the speedboat killer could support his extradition to Britain if he could be convinced of his safety in a British prison.

Mariam Kublashvili said she fought the original extradition request out of the belief that ‘all the extradition procedures in Georgian and international law should be respected and followed’.

She told the BBC‘s Victoria Derbyshire Programme today: ‘If there is a reason to fight extradition, we will fight. But if there is a reason to support his extradition, we will [support it].’

Charlotte Brown

Charlotte Brown

Jack Shepherd

Jack Shepherd

Jack Shepherd (right, at a court in Georgia on January 29) is facing extradition to the UK over his killing of Charlotte Brown (left, image undated) in a speedboat accident 

A Georgian judge ruled against a petition to extradite Shepherd to the UK in January, and Mrs Kublashvili said a decision about the next step will be made within 10 days.

The lawyer also revealed her client regretted his decision to flee his original Old Bailey trial over the death of 24-year-old Charlotte Brown, saying the decision was ’caused by fear’.

She also claimed Shepherd was innocent and criticised the UK government and politicians for making him look like a ‘serious and dangerous criminal’.

‘He wants to explain that it was not his fault and that he could not prevent what eventually happened,’ she said.

Shepherd was sentenced to six years in jail in his absence for the manslaughter of Miss Brown following a speedboat crash on the Thames in 2015.

He is being held for three months at Gldani No 8 maximum security prison, where he hopes to fight extradition and serve his six-year sentence for manslaughter.

Mariam Kublashvili (pictured today) said she fought the original extradition request out of the belief 'all the extradition procedures in Georgian and international law should be respected'

Mariam Kublashvili (pictured today) said she fought the original extradition request out of the belief 'all the extradition procedures in Georgian and international law should be respected'

Mariam Kublashvili (pictured today) said she fought the original extradition request out of the belief ‘all the extradition procedures in Georgian and international law should be respected’

During a court hearing near the end of last month, the killer spoke in Georgian giving his name as ‘Jack Sebastian Shepherdi’.

The judiciary in Tbilisi is under pressure to send him back to Britain to serve his sentence here, but Shepherd has blocked attempts to extradite him swiftly.

Police in Britain are also hoping to speak to him in relation to claims he glassed a barman with a vodka bottle at a pub in Devon last March.

The speedboat case sparked anger when he claimed legal aid to appeal against his conviction while he was on the run.  

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