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Wanted Banker Says He Was ‘Lured’ by CIA Agent to Fly to UK

  • Peter Weinzierl was arrested off a private jet when he landed
  • Weinzierl fighting extradition to US to face laundering charge
Peter Weinzierl in Vienna in 2009.
Peter Weinzierl in Vienna in 2009.Photographer: Ronald Zak/AP Photo
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An Austrian banker wanted by the US on money laundering charges claimed he was “lured” to fly his private jet to London by a longstanding CIA agent where he was promptly arrested at the airfield.

Peter Weinzierl, the former chief executive officer of an Austrian private bank, better known by its old name Meinl Bank AG, is fighting extradition to the US. His lawyer said in a London court Monday that the arrest was an abuse of process by US authorities.