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Former arms lobbyist and key witness in a party financing scandal is extradited to Germany

Michael Bär
August 3, 2009

A former arms dealer Karlheinz Schreiber has arrived in Germany after fighting extradition from Canada for ten years. He is a key witness in a slush fund scandal which hit the conservative CDU party in the nineties - and played a major role in ending the political career of former chancellor Helmut Kohl. Schreiber will stand trial in the southern German town of Augsburg. A court spokesman said it is not clear whether the politically sensitive case will begin before national elections next month.