AgustaWestland case: Christian Michel ‘hiding’ in UAE

Christian Michel, the British ‘middleman’ who is wanted in the ₹3,700-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case, has reportedly gone into hiding in the United Arab Emirates. He is currently out on bail.

“He is hiding somewhere in Dubai and is wanted by the legal system…he has not contacted me,” lawyer Amal Alsubei told The Hindu on phone from the UAE. She had represented Mr. Michel for seeking bail in the extradition case in July.

There is no UAE court order for Mr. Michel’s extradition, as reported on Wednesday in The Hindu as well as other media outlets.

However, when asked about the “extradition” at a press briefing on Wednesday, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad termed it a positive development.

India has not yet received information from Dubai on any development in the proceedings. A government source said: “We have learnt that on August 26 or 27, the UAE government asked the court there whether the UAE can extradite citizen of a third country to another country. It is our understanding that on September 2, the court gave its observations to the UAE government.”

“So, what is going around in the digital world is not the decision of the court, but the observation of the court of UAE meant for the UAE authorities,” said a source.

What led to the initial confusion was a four-page note in Arabic, which turned out to be a communication between the court and the government of UAE, on the possibility of extraditing a citizen of a third country to another requesting country.

Ms. Alsubei said once the court allows India’s request, Mr. Michel would have to appeal to the Court of Cassation — the highest court in the UAE judicial system — to seek an interim relief.

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