Sunday, September 2, 2007


Indian ‘knife fraudster’ in dock

‘An Indian man, who swallowed a knife to avoid extradition from Germany, has appeared before a Calcutta court.

Amarendra Nath Ghosh was arrested in Germany four years ago over a series of bank scams, all of which he denies.

When his return to India was ordered in 2003 he swallowed a 10cm (four inch) blade and refused surgery to remove it.

German officials were unable to remove it by force or send him home with the knife threatening his life. He was returned this week in an air ambulance.

A spokesman for India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told the AFP news agency that Germany finally agreed to extradite him after a four-year battle, on condition that he was flown back in a fully equipped air ambulance.’

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