Alleged tax evader bailed pending extradition
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Alleged tax evader bailed pending extradition

Man wanted for tax fraud in his Czech homeland

Czech authorities say Mr Drga evaded the taxman. Photo: Shutterstock

Czech authorities say Mr Drga evaded the taxman. Photo: Shutterstock

A Czech man facing a second round of extradition proceedings has been granted bail after being arrested last week.

Marek Drga, 40, residing in Gozo, was arraigned on Friday after Czech authorities issued a European Arrest Warrant for him to be returned to his homeland, where he is wanted for alleged tax evasion, tax fraud and complicity in crime.

Mr Drga had already undergone extradition proceedings last year and faced sentencing abroad. He returned to Malta pending an appeal, before being targeted by a fresh European Arrest Warrant.

A request for bail was made by defence lawyer Roberto Montalto, who claimed that the Czech authorities were “abusing the system.”

As committal proceedings continued on Wednesday, that request was upheld by the court , presided over by magistrate Donatella Frendo Dimech, against a deposit of €3000 and a personal guarantee of €17,000.

Extradition proceedings continue later this month.

Lawyer George Camilleri from the Office of the Attorney General is prosecuting.
Lawyer Roberto Montalto is defence counsel.

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