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Christian James Michel is facing charges of brokering a deal to bribe key Indian officials.

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UAE to extradite Briton wanted in India for helicopter scam

 

DUBAI – A British man wanted in India in connection with a multi-million dollar helicopter scam is to be extradited from the UAE, the top court in Dubai has ruled.

The Court of Cassation on Monday (November 19) upheld a ruling by a lower court for the extradition of Christian James Michel in connection with the AgustaWestland helicopter deal.

Michel, 54, is facing charges in India of brokering a deal to bribe key Indian officials for a $500 million contract to supply 12 helicopters to the government.

The AgustaWestland CEO is accused of receiving approximately $35 million as kickbacks for brokering the helicopter deal.

India filed an extradition request with the UAE in 2016 since Michel had been living in the country in the last five years.

On Monday, Michel’s lawyer, Abdul Moneim Bin Suwaidan of Bin Suwaidan Firm for Advocates and Legal Counsels, said the extradition request procedure is a “violation” of a treaty signed between the UAE and India.

Bin Suwaidan also argued that proper procedures were not followed during the extradition request, which he said “should have been filed by India’s Ministry of Home Affairs rather than its Ministry of External Affairs.”

Michel is currently in jail in Dubai since his arrest. He remains in custody pending legal procedures.

Meanwhile, the extradition request is now final and will need the approval from the UAE Minister of Justice for the extradition procedure to start. GAD/Expat Media

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