Quattrocchi seeks return of passport

Italian businessman, Ottavio Quattrocchi, wanted by India for his alleged part in a protracted Bofors scandal will ask a Malaysian court next week to return his passport so he can travel on business, his lawyers said on Thursday.

Italian businessman, Ottavio Quattrocchi, wanted by India for his alleged part in a protracted Bofors scandal will ask a Malaysian court next week to return his passport so he can travel on business, his lawyers said on Thursday.
Quattrocchi, accused of taking kickbacks in India's purchase of arms from Swedish artillery company Bofors in 1986, will seek his travel document from the Kuala Lumpur High Court next Monday.

India on Tuesday approved an extradition treaty with Malaysia to expedite the handover of Quattrocchi.

"He's applying to the court to get his passport back to travel for purposes of his business," Rabinder Singh, a member of Quattrocchi's defence team, sais on Thursday.

Quattrocchi, a resident in Malaysia since 1994, was arrested in 2000 after India sought his extradition to answer questions on the Bofors case. A Malaysian court seized his passport and he remains on bail pending the hearing outcome.

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