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AIRPORT BOULEVARD–Francesco Corallo was extradited to Italy on Wednesday afternoon. The 57-year-old casino owner left St. Maarten in custody of members of Interpol Italy on a flight by Air France to Paris, with a connecting flight to Rome. Corallo is suspected by Italian justice authorities of tax fraud, bribery, money-laundering and membership in a criminal organization. His extradition was requested by the Minister of Justice of Italy on December 30, 2016.

  The Joint Court of Justice ruled the request permissible on June 20. The Governor of St. Maarten signed the documents formalizing Corallo’s extradition to Italy on August 4.Corallo was arrested at the request of the Italian authorities in December 2016. Since then, he was held in detention at the Police Station in Philipsburg.