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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Exec Fights Extradition

MADRID, Spain -- The former General Motors executive wanted on U.S. charges of passing secret documents to Volkswagen told a Spanish judge Friday he would fight extradition, court sources said.

Spanish-born Jose Ignacio Lopez de Arriortua, who was forced to resign from Germany's VW in 1996, faces a six-count indictment, including charges of industrial espionage, handed down in May by a federal grand jury in Detroit.

Lopez rejected extradition in an appearance Friday before a High Court judge in Madrid.

"I don't want to be extradited," he was said to have told Judge Juan del Olmo at a closed-door hearing. "I want to live in my country."