The “Standard” writes that the British Home Office has agreed to extradite former Austrian banker Peter Weinziel to the United States, following the decision of London’s Westminster Magistrate’s Court. Weincierle appealed the ministry’s decision against the court ruling, so the decision was not final.
The US accuses the former boss of Meinl Bank of being involved in a bribery scandal surrounding Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. The money used for the bribes flowed to the United States through former Meinl Bank subsidiary Meinl Bank Antigua.
Weinzierl, on the other hand, argues that he did not act at Meinl Bank Antigua, writing “Standard.” Weinzierl also refers to documents held by the Economic and Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (WKStA), which he hopes will exonerate him. Weincierle could face up to 70 years in prison if extradited to the United States.
Contacting Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg (ÖVP) did not help Weinsierl, who the newspaper said recommended him to the Austrian embassy in London.
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