500. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the case of a person (details supplied) facing extradition to Lithuania in view of the conditions faced by prisoners on pre-trial detention in Lithuanian prisons; his further views regarding the removal of a number of judges as a result of an anti-corruption investigation raising the potential for the denial of the human rights of persons in such a judicial system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13214/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I wish to advise the Deputy that the High Court is the competent authority in this State for matters and decisions pertaining to extradition and surrender under the European Arrest Warrant. As such, it is entirely independent in the discharge of these functions.
In the circumstances, it would be entirely inappropriate to make any comment on this matter.