Thursday, December 9, 2010

AP: Indonesian court to extradite Romanian fraudster

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

An Indonesian court has approved the extradition of a Romanian citizen convicted on fraud charges.

Romania's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that Nicolae Popa can be extradited following the court ruling after Indonesia's president signs a decree to allow it.

Popa left Romania in 2002 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2006 for fraud in connection with the collapse of an investment scheme. Popa was arrested in Indonesia last year.

The owner of an influential Romanian TV station is charged with helping Popa leave the country illegally. Sorin Ovidiu Vantu who owns Realitatea TV also allegedly helped Popa financially while he was abroad.

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