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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 10 December 2018

Briton accused over Indian helicopter scandal to be flown out of Dubai on extradition flight

Christian Michel, who lives in the UAE, is implicated in the AgustaWestland bribe scandal

A screen grab of a video of Christian Michel. The British national will be extradited to India from the UAE.
A screen grab of a video of Christian Michel. The British national will be extradited to India from the UAE.

A British businessman wanted in India for his alleged role in mediating bribes between government officials and a helicopter firm will be extradited from Dubai to Delhi on Tuesday night.

Christian Michel, 54, will be flown out of Dubai on a private flight, his lawyer Rosemary Patrizi told India's NDTV.

The bribes were intended to win AgustaWestland a contract to supply 12 helicopters at a contracted price of nearly $500 million (Dh1.84bn).

The Indian Central Bureau of Investigation named Mr Michel and two other foreign middlemen in a charge sheet.

He is accused of receiving approximately $35 million as kickbacks in return for playing the role of middleman and brokering the corrupt deal. In 2016, India lodged an extradition request with the UAE, where Mr Michel has been living for the last five years.

A year later, a report was filed against Mr Michel at Dubai Ports police station, and he was referred to prosecution in relation to charges of money laundering and abusing his position.

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