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The issue before the Irish High Court is a relatively simple one: Will Artur Celmer receive a fair trial if extradited to Poland? The issue would be a lot more emotive still if Artur Celmer were an Irish National: Irish Courts and law enforcement agencies would have to be satisfied that an Irish Citizen would enjoy the same rights and protections if tried in Poland. That is the basis of trust on which much of the EU is built. Why would you subject your citizens to a judicial regime you suspect is tainted by fascist or nationalist political considerations?

Polish authorities have a duty of care to ensure other EU member states can execute European Arrest Warrants without fear of those extradited being subjected to a tainted judicial process. That duty of care is reciprocally shared by all member states. This has nothing to do with trade and everything to do with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and other relevant Treaties. The ECJ is not a "political forum of "last resort"", but an agreed judicial forum to enforce those rights.

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