Tomorrow in a Toronto courtroom a judge will decide whether Karlheinz Schreiber should remain in Canada or be extradited to Germany where he is wanted on a multiplicity of charges including fraud and tax evasion.
For almost eight years government lawyers have been trying to get rid of Schreiber. But there is now a new element in the equation. It involves Brian Mulroney and his relationship with the German businessman. Schreiber has sworn that he paid $300,00 to Mulroney for services that are still not clear. Stephen Harper has announced there will be a full-scale judicial inquiry into the Schreiber-Mulroney matter including the two million dollar settlement the Canadian government made with Mulroney over the Airbus affair in which Schreiber was involved.
It would be a farce, would it not, to launch a multi-million dollar inquiry into the Schreiber-Mulroney affair while one of the principles is languishing in a German jail.
I think federal lawyers should show up in the Toronto court tomorrow and withdraw their demand for Schreiber’s extradition at least until the judicial inquiry is completed.
Do you agree?