Bribes scandal figure bows to extradition
19 November 2004, BERLIN – A key figure in the donations scandal that rocked Germany's conservative-led opposition four years ago has agreed to return to Germany after being on the run for five years, his lawyer said on Friday
19 November 2004
BERLIN – A key figure in the donations scandal that rocked Germany's conservative-led opposition four years ago has agreed to return to Germany after being on the run for five years, his lawyer said on Friday
Holger Pfahls, a former German deputy defence minister, was discovered earlier this year to be living in Paris.
Earlier this week the Paris Appeals Court ruled that he could be extradited to Germany after he was arrested four months ago in France on bribery charges.
In handing down its judgement, the court said that Pfahls could be handed over to German authorities on the basis of the Schengen treaty that regulates extradition between some European Union member states.
Pfahls is a former leading political figure in the Bavarian-based Christian Social Union, the associate party of Germany's main opposition party, the Christian Democrats. He disappeared in 1999.
German prosecutors want to talk to him about their investigations into whether he accepted almost EUR 2 million euros in bribes from Karlheinz Schreiber, an arms lobbyist, over the sale of 36 tanks to Saudi Arabia.
Schreiber, who is at present living in Canada and fighting extradition to Germany, was a central figure in the party funding scandal in Germany which revolved around illegal donations to the Christian Democrats under former Chancellor Helmut Kohl.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: German news