Sunday, August 2, 2009

German trial for Kohl-era figure

A Canadian judge has turned down a last-minute appeal by a German businessman against his extradition on corruption charges.

Karlheinz Schreiber, 75, is wanted for tax evasion, bribery and fraud in Germany, and has been fighting extradition for nearly 10 years.

He figured in a fund-raising scandal involving ex-Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

Canadian media say Mr Schreiber, who denies wrongdoing, was on a flight headed for Germany as of Sunday night.

He had appealed at a court in Ontario against his imminent extradition.

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