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German trial for Kohl-era figure

Karlheinz Schreiber in Toronto, 2 August 2009
Karleinz Schreiber has been fighting extradition for almost 10 years

A Canadian judge has turned down a last-minute appeal by a German businessman against his extradition on corruption charges.

Karlheinz Schreiber, 75, is wanted for tax evasion, bribery and fraud in Germany, and has been fighting extradition for nearly 10 years.

He figured in a fund-raising scandal involving ex-Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

Mr Schreiber, who denies wrongdoing, arrived in Germany early on Monday after losing his extradition battle.

Canadian case

Mr Schreiber is accused in Germany of evading taxes on millions of dollars from commissions for arms deals.

He was also at the centre of a scandal surrounding the funding of Helmut Kohl's Christian Democrat Party, the CDU.

The scandal began with the emergence of a series of undeclared contributions given by Mr Schreiber.

Mr Schreiber, who has both German and Canadian citizenship, was arrested under a German warrant in Canada in 1999. He was released on bail in 2007.

In a separate, Canadian case, he has been testifying at a public inquiry about his financial dealings with that country's former Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney.

Mr Mulroney has acknowledged taking C$225,000 (£125,000) from Mr Schreiber in return for promoting a project for a German company, though he denies Mr Schreiber's claim that the money was exchanged while he was still in office.

Public hearings on the case ended last week.

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