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Quattrocchi plans to sue politicians

Fresh from a legal success over extradition, the Italian businessman alleges "political persecution" against him.

world Updated: Jun 19, 2007 04:21 IST

Fresh srom a legal success in the extradition case against him, Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi now intends to sue unnamed Indian political leaders for carrying out “political persecution” against him.

Living just outside the Argentinian capital after his arrest in Iguazu airport in Misiones province on February 6 on an interpol red corner notice on the basis of a CBI alert, Quattrocchi maintains the case against him is “political”.

“I intend to take legal steps against some political leaders who have created this 20-year-old political persecution. The matter is now with my lawyers,” he said, more than a week after a provincial court here rejected India’s request for his extradition. The court has given five days time till early this week for the prosecution to file an appeal against the order and has asked Quattrocchi to stay in Argentina till June 20. Asked about CBI’s extradition attempts, Quattrocchi, who denied his involvement in the Bofors payoff case, said he was “under no doubt that this is a political case”.

“Why am I the only one left in this. There must be a reason, and that is political. This cannot go on. These people have tried to make my life difficult,” he said.

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