|Eleanor Sharpston QC|
EU Advocate General
The advocate general left one question open that could have a significant bearing on what the German court eventually decides. She said it was for the German court to examine the details of the case and decide whether the punishment that Mr. Shepherd would face if convicted of desertion in the U.S. would count as an act of persecution. She said the European court didn’t have enough material evidence to give an opinion on that question.The full text of the Advocate General's opinion in Shepherd v. Bundesrepublik Deutschland, No. C-472/13, is available here. The official press release can be found here.