Deported businessman put on plane

Aug. 3, 2009 at 10:23 AM

TORONTO, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- German-Canadian businessman Karlheinz Schreiber has been put on a plane to Germany after losing a 10-year battle against deportation, his wife says.

Schreiber's wife, Barbara, told the Toronto Star Sunday night he had been placed on a Toronto flight to Germany to face charges of tax evasion, fraud and bribery. The newspaper said he was accompanied on the trip by two Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers.

Schreiber on Sunday lost an emergency appeal lodged in Ontario Superior Court asking that his deportation be delayed until he could mount a legal challenge to Canada's extradition treaty with Germany. Justice Barbara Ann Conway wrote in her decision, "Mr. Schreiber has traveled a long road in fighting his extradition to Germany. He is now at the end of that road," the Star reported.

An inquiry headed by Justice Jeffrey Oliphant recently determined Schreiber, acting as a lobbyist for the German company Thyssen AG, paid former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney hundreds of thousands of dollars in a bid to open a plant in Canada, the newspaper said.

The government had reportedly agreed not to extradite Schreiber until after the inquiry was completed. Investigators wrapped up on Friday.

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