A Dubai court has upheld an extradition order for a British middleman wanted in India in connection to the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam.
Christian Michel allegedly facilitated bribes between key Indian government officials and Italian helicopter firm AgustaWestland to win the company a $500 million (AED1.84 billion) contract to supply 12 helicopters.
He was one of three foreign middlemen charged by the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation of receiving around $35 million in return for brokering the deal.
India had initially lodged the extradition request in 2016. A year later, a report was filed against the defendant at Dubai Ports police station, where he was referred to prosecution in relation to charges of money laundering.
Michel is currently being held in Dubai Police’s detention centre for criminal investigations until the extradition is carried out in co-ordination with Indian authorities.
His lawyer Abdul Moneim Bin Suwaidan had argued that the extradition request was a violation of the international treaty between the UAE and India as Indian authorities did not follow proper procedures.