Former Meinl Bank boss Peter Weinzierl wants to continue fighting his extradition to the United States. “What is happening here is wrong. I will not tolerate it. You have to fight and win if there is still rule of law,” Weincierle said in an interview with “Die Press” newspaper on Sunday. . Process costs are now in the seven-figure range.
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The US Department of Justice has accused Weincierle of tax evasion in connection with Brazil’s Odebrecht bribery scandal and is seeking his extradition. In June, a British court ruled in favor of extradition, but Weinsierl’s lawyer appealed. The former Meinl banker has been jailed in London for two years but has been released on bail. It is the presumption of innocence.
Weincierle denies the US allegations. He did not work for Meinl Bank Antigua, which was paid by Odebrecht. It was led by three Brazilian managers. It will also display data accessible to the Economic and Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (WKStA).
“Brazilian court documents show that these three (managers, reference) collected 1.5 percent of all payments Meinl Bank Antigua made to Odebrecht and divided them among themselves,” Weinzierl told “Presse.” “That alone shows motivation. I didn’t get a penny, so there was no purpose.”
Two key witnesses based in Brazil, one of whom is said to have testified that he cooperated with Meinl Bank, will collect millions more in the proceedings, Weinsierl continued. He himself, on the other hand, already has practice expenses in the seven-figure range. He has insurance, but pays slowly.
Ultimately, Weinsierl sees the allegation as “not likely.” So he’s a “worst case,” and he’s relaxed about being extradited to the United States. “If Trump is calm about his situation, I can do that, too,” Weinsierl said.
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