Dubai: The Dubai Cassation Court has sanctioned the extradition of British businessman Christian James Michel to India where he is wanted over charges of money laundering, bribery and fraud in connection with the Rs 3,700 crore AgustaWestland chopper case. Also Read - Nokia Smart TV with 55-inch 4K panel launched in India: Price, features, sale date and offers
The request was made by the Government of India, said reports. The Court of Cassation upheld a lower court order which said that Michel could be extradited, dismissing appeals filed by his defence lawyers. Also Read - Nokia Smart TV powered by JBL Audio leaked in images ahead of India launch
On Monday, Michel’s lawyers submitted documents showing that courts in Switzerland and Italy had ruled on not to extradite his client. “The judicial authorities there concluded there was no criminal element in the case,” he said. Also Read - Reliance Jio, Airtel prepaid users can queue recharges ahead of tariff hike on December 1
The Briton, who is accused of organising bribes in exchange for a contract for VVIP helicopters, had filed his appeal before Dubai’s Court of Cassation within 30 days after the lower court’s ruling.
He remains behind bars in Dubai since he was arrested and sent into custody here pending the legal and judicial procedure.
However, for the extradition procedure to start, it will still need approval from the UAE’s Ministry of Justice for the extradition procedure to start. Michel’s extradition will take happen in coordination with the Interpol and the Criminal Investigation Department.
Since the appellate court ruled on September 2 that Michel could be extradited, in response to a request filed by the Indian authorities to the UAE in connection with corruption-related charges, Michel lost his bail conditions.
Michel, whose passport had been seized by the judicial authorities here and later released on bail, became ‘wanted’ on September 2, following a decision issued by the Dubai Court of Appeals, according to which he could be extradited to the authorities concerned in India.