French court postpones Kadhafi aide's extradition hearing

23rd December 2010, Comments 0 comments

A French court Thursday postponed the extradition hearing of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's former protocol chief, arrested at the request of Tripoli on suspicion of embezzlement.

The court postponed the hearing to January 19 at the request of Nuri Al-Mismari's lawyer Frederic Landon.

"The facts are absolutely contested and there's not the slightest grain of evidence," Landon told the court, describing the extradition request as "an error on the part of the Libyan authorities."

Mismari was arrested late last month following an international arrest warrant issued for him on behalf of Libya, which accuses him of embezzling around seven million euros (nine million dollars) in state funds.

He was freed on December 15 pending the extradition hearing.

© 2010 AFP

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