Indian court orders Briton held during copter bribery probe

Christian James Michel, center, a British man accused of bribery in a $670 million helicopter deal between India and an Italian defense company returns after appearing before a Central Bureau of Investigation court in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Dec.5, 2018. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Updated 05 December 2018
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Indian court orders Briton held during copter bribery probe

  • In 2014, India received three of 12 AW101 helicopters it had ordered to fly senior officials but then halted the deal after the bribery allegations surfaced
  • Judge Arvind Kumar allowed Briton Christian James Michel to meet briefly Wednesday with his attorney

NEW DELHI: An Indian court has ruled that officials may hold a British man while they investigate him for alleged bribery in a canceled $670 million helicopter deal between India and an Italian defense company.
Judge Arvind Kumar allowed Briton Christian James Michel to meet briefly Wednesday with his attorney, who sought unsuccessfully to have him released on bail while the charges are investigated. Michel was extradited to India from Dubai on Tuesday to face charges of channeling bribes to Indian contacts.
Indian investigators said in court documents that Michel transferred the money from a British subsidiary of Finmeccanica, which has since been renamed Leonardo S.p.A.
In 2014, India received three of 12 AW101 helicopters it had ordered to fly senior officials but then halted the deal after the bribery allegations surfaced.


Daesh teenager Shamima Begum will not be allowed into Bangladesh

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Daesh teenager Shamima Begum will not be allowed into Bangladesh

  • Foreign ministry in Dhaka said “she is a British citizen by birth and has never applied for dual nationality with Bangladesh”

A teenager who was stripped of her British citizenship after leaving London to join the Daeshgroup is not a Bangladeshi citizen and there was “no question” of her being allowed to enter the country, the foreign ministry in Dhaka said on Wednesday.
It added it was “deeply concerned that she has been erroneously identified as a holder of dual citizenship shared with Bangladesh alongside her birthplace, the United Kingdom.”
Shamima Begum, 19, left to join Daesh when she was 15 but now wants to return. Her British citizenship was revoked on security grounds.
“She is a British citizen by birth and has never applied for dual nationality with Bangladesh,” the Bangledeshi foreign ministry said in a statement.