Romanian businessman Sever Muresan was delivered to French authorities on Monday night based on a warrant issued by a judge in Lille and is due to face preliminary hearings on Tuesday, Romanian public radio announced today.
The French authorities issued an international arrest warrant on Muresan’s name in March this year. The charges include attempted murder, money laundering, forgery, use of forgery and coin forgery for deeds that took place in France in 2005.
Muresan is known in Romania for his role in the bankruptcy of the Dacia Felix Bank in the nineties, for which he was extradited from Hungary in 1999. He was acquitted in Romania in 2005. The Correctional Court in Switzerland also sentenced him to three and a half years in prison for embezzlement in November 2000, while he received another year and a half for tax evasion in France in 2004.
He has continued to run businesses from Romania. In 2005, one of his companies won a multi-million bid to build a road and an airport for charter flights in the county of Hunedoara.