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(From The Namibian - AAGM)
Byline: Werner Menges
THE High Court has given the green light for the extradition of German fraud suspect Hans Juergen Koch - but the legal battle over Germany's efforts to prosecute him on massive fraud charges may not be over yet.
A wait of some seven and a half months to hear whether the High Court would allow his appeal against a Tsumeb Magistrate's Court decision in which he was found extraditable to Germany in September 2003, bore bitter fruit for Koch on Friday.
Judges Sylvester Mainga and Kato van Niekerk announced in the High Court in Windhoek that they had agreed that his appeal should be dismissed.
Koch, now aged 56, has been held in custody in Namibia since October 14 2002, when he was detained at the request of the German government pending his extradition to Germany.
He is wanted on 203 charges of fraud, 12 charges of tax evasion and four counts of …