April 16, 2014
German-Canadian businessman Karlheinz Schreiber is being extradited to Germany, Canada's justice department has confirmed.
Schreiber is a key figure in a political scandal surrounding former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. He was arrested in Canada in 1999 under a German warrant seeking his extradition.
Justice Department spokeswoman Genevieve Breton says the flight left Toronto between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. EDT Sunday (0000 GMT and 0200 GMT Monday). She did not give further details.
A Canadian judge earlier Sunday cleared the way for his extradition.
German prosecutors are seeking Schreiber on charges he evaded income tax on millions of dollars in commissions from arms deals.
The 75-year-old Schreiber holds dual Canadian and German
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