25 Jan 2010

Vanuatu seeks extradition of Bulgarian man over fake euros

3:04 pm on 25 January 2010

Vanuatu's transnational crime unit says it is waiting for the extradition of a Bulgarian man arrested in New Caledonia over the circulation of fake euro notes.

The circulation of the counterfeit money came to light last month when an official of Vanuatu prime minister's office was questioned by police in Copenhagen where he was for the climate change summit.

He had exchanged the money in Port Vila shortly before departing for Denmark.

The leader of the transnational crime unit, Wilson Abiut, says the Bulgarian man's detention in Noumea is the strongest lead so far.

"The Bulgarian has been arrested in New Caledonia. He's been found in possession of some counterfeit euro notes. Vanuatu's transnational crime unit is working on extraditing him back to Vanuatu."

Wilson Abiut says the unit has also video footage and other material that warrants the man's extradition.