Court or­ders ex­tra­di­tion of wanted Bel­gian man

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A court yes­ter­day or­dered the ex­tra­di­tion of a Bel­gian man for an of­fence com­mit­ted in his home coun­try.

Jo­han Ger­maine Corneille Van Ou­den­hove, 54, who re­sides in Marsas­cala, was is­sued with a Euro­pean Ar­rest War­rant on 13 Septem­ber for abuse of con­fi­dence or mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion.

The de­fence, led by Franco De­bono, Mar­ion Camil­leri and Angie Mus­cat, ar­gued that the ex­tra­di­tion could not take place since the man was wanted for in­ves­tiga­tive pur­poses and not to face crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion.

The court, presided by Mag­is­trate Aaron Bugeja, or­dered the re­turn of the man to Bel­gium and placed him un­der po­lice cus­tody pend­ing his ex­tra­di­tion.

The de­fence gave no­tice of appeal.

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