Swiss extradite Czech millionaire fraud suspect

Switzerland on Wednesday extradited multi-millionaire Czech businessman Tomas Pitr to his home country, where he is wanted for fraud and tax offences.

“He flew today from Zurich to Prague, accompanied by three Czech police officers,” said the Swiss Justice Ministry in a statement.

Pitr had fled his country in 2007 to avoid a six-year jail term for fraud, abuse of confidence and tax offences.

An international arrest warrant was issued for the 40-year-old entrepreneur, who is one of the Czech Republic’s most hunted.

In July 2010, he was arrested in a luxury hotel at the ski resort of St Moritz, and has since been detained pending extradition in Switzerland.

Pitr had appealed against the extradition but lost the case before Switzerland’s highest criminal court in September 2011.

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Italian held over poison sent to Czech ministers

Slovenian police detained a 24-year-old Italian suspected of having sent envelopes containing poison to a Czech minister in November, private Pop TV reported on Monday.

Italian held over poison sent to Czech ministers
One of the envelopes containing poison was addressed to Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babis. Photo: Michel Cizeka/AFP

"He was captured at a post office while attempting to send another mail (containing poison) to Czech officials," police spokesman Miran Ozebek told Pop TV adding the Italian had been detained in the Nova Gorica area bordering Italy at the end of December.

He added that the envelope contained ampoules of an unidentified toxic substance, but did not give more details.

Two Czech ministers from the centre-left government in November received envelopes containing poison. One of them, addressed to Finance Minister Andrej Babis, had been sent from Slovenia, while the other, to Interior Minister Milan Chovanec, from Sweden, according to Czech media.

The Italian national allegedly sent the envelopes "because he does not agree with the Czech (government's) policy," Pop TV reported, quoting unnamed sources.