Canada court denies arms dealer's latest request

Wed Aug 6, 2008 1:52pm EDT
 
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article
[-] Text [+]

TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian court dismissed a request on Wednesday from German-Canadian arms dealer Karlheinz Schreiber for a judicial review of a decision relating to a 2004 extradition order.

Schreiber has been fighting extradition to Germany for years, and has filed numerous applications in Canadian courts to appeal Ottawa's decision.

Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson declined to accept further submissions from Schreiber in March 2008, saying they raised no new issues. Schreiber had sought a judicial review of the minister's decision.

But a three-judge panel of the Ontario Court of Appeal said it did not accept any of Schreiber's arguments, and concluded that Nicholson's response "was adequate." The Ontario decision noted that it was Schreiber's fourth request for a judicial review; all of the others were also dismissed or denied.

The Canadian government agreed in March to let Schreiber stay in Canada until he testifies at a public inquiry into cash payments the business lobbyist made to former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

Mulroney has said he regrets taking the payments after he left office in 1993, but he maintains they were for legitimate work promoting Schreiber's businesses.

Germany wants to put Schreiber, who has been linked to former German government ministers, on trial for charges including tax evasion, fraud and bribery.

(Reporting by Lynne Olver; editing by Rob Wilson)

 
<p>German-Canadian arms dealer Karlheinz Schreiber testifies before the Commons ethics committee on Parliament Hill in Ottawa February 25, 2008. A Canadian court dismissed a request on Wednesday from Schreiber for a judicial review of a decision relating to a 2004 extradition order. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>