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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Suspect Files Suit




TORONTO -- International businessman Karlheinz Schreiber, awaiting trial in Canada for extradition to Germany for suspected tax evasion, fraud and bribery, struck back with a 1-million-Canadian-dollar ($680,000) countersuit against German and Canadian authorities.


Schreiber, a central figure in Canada's ill-fated Airbus kickback probe, filed a statement of claim for personal injury, which was served in Germany on Monday and in Canada on Friday. The Canadian suit names the federal attorney-general.


In his suit, the 65-year-old Schreiber, who holds dual German and Canadian citizenship, maintains his arrest Aug. 31 in Toronto was unconstitutional because he has not been charged with a crime but was only under suspicion by German prosecutors. There are currently no charges against him.


Canadian law stipulates that it is illegal for a defendant to be arrested purely on suspicion.