Friday 20 July 2018

French tycoon faces extradition from UK over Libya money laundering claims

Alexandre Djouhri is due at Westminster Magistrates' Court for a bail hearing
Alexandre Djouhri is due at Westminster Magistrates' Court for a bail hearing

A French businessman will appear in a London court to face extradition proceedings over allegations of fraud and money laundering.

Alexandre Djouhri is due at Westminster Magistrates' Court Wednesday for a bail hearing.

British police say Djouhri was arrested on Sunday at Heathrow Airport on a warrant issued by France "for offences of fraud and money laundering".

He appeared in court on Monday and was ordered detained until his next hearing.

French judges have sought to question Djouhri as part of a French investigation into claims that former president Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 election campaign received millions in funding from the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

France was a key player in the 2011 Nato-backed uprising in Libya that toppled and killed Gaddafi.

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