France extradites 35-year-old accused of defrauding Maltese jeweller

Updated 02:09 PM

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

France has extradited a 35-year-old man to Malta over his alleged involvement in the defrauding of a Maltese jeweller out of €75,000 seven years ago.

The case dates back to October 2013, when the jeweller, who owned a shop in Marsa, met three men at a Gżira hotel to acquire what he later discovered to be fake gold.

Within days, two of the men, who hail from Congo, were arrested at the Grand Harbour as they were attempted to leave Malta. They were convicted over their involvement in August 2014, and were each jailed for two years and six months each.

The third suspect managed to take a flight out of Malta before he could be intercepted by the authorities. But investigations continued, leading the police to determine that the man had likely escaped to France.

The police identified the suspect with the assistance of their French counterparts and issued a European Arrest Warrant, leading to the man’s arrest in Paris. The Nigerien will be arraigned on Wednesday before Duty Magistrate Doreen Clarke.