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Request for a preliminary ruling from the Riigikohus (Estonia) lodged on 14 April 2021 – I.L. v Politsei- ja Piirivalveamet

(Case C-241/21)

Language of the case: Estonian

Referring court


Parties to the main proceedings

Appellant: I.L.

Respondent: Politsei- ja Piirivalveamet

Question referred

Is the first sentence of Article 15(1) of Directive 2008/115/EC 1 to be interpreted as meaning that Member States may keep in detention a third-country national in respect of whom there is a real risk that, while at liberty and prior to removal, he or she will commit a criminal offence, the investigation and punishment of which may substantially impede the execution of the removal process?


1 Directive 2008/115/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on common standards and procedures in Member States for returning illegally staying third-country nationals (OJ 2008 L 348, p. 98, corrigendum OJ 2019 L 240, p. 17).