German businessman Karlheinz Schreiber, who is wanted on corruption charges, is on his way back to Germany after having lost his ten year battle to stay in Canada.
The 75-year-old has been extradited at the request of German prosecutors who accuse him of evading income tax. Schreiber claims the move is politically motivated. Schreiber was also a key figure in a political fund-raising scandal surrounding former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. The one-time arms dealer was revealed as being a major donor to Kohl’s Christian Democrat Party, the CDU. The scandal began with the emergence of a series of undeclared contributions. Schreiber, who has dual German-Canadian citizenship, fled to Canada but was arrested there in 1999, although released on bail. It is alleged that he evaded income tax on millions of dollars of commission from an arms deal back in the 1990s. Schreiber denies any wrongdoing.