Moments after the groundbreaking newsbreak in the AgustaWestland case that Christian Michel will be extradited to India on Tuesday, Republic TV exclusively spoke to Michel's lawyer Rosemary Patrizi in the matter.
On being asked about the last time she spoke to Christian Michel, she revealed that he called her on Tuesday morning to inform her that he is being taken to India.
"I spoke to him this morning. He called me and told me that he will going to India. He told me not to worry. I hope he will be okay there. I hope they will take care of him there. I hope they don't give him drugs to say what he doesn't want to say. I wish everything will be fine for him," said Rosemary Patrizi.
She went onto claim that Michel's innocence in the AgustaWestland scam case stating that he is being targeted for elections in India.
"Questions have been made thousand times but there is no bribery and India never ever showed any evidence about bribery. After five years, no one has about kickbacks and bribery. I believe he is innocent and there is no bribery. I believe they are using him to win the elections. I hope Mr Modi doesn't need this to win the elections. I hope he will have a good time in India. I hope he will be free to say what he has to say, that he is innocent and there is no bribery. Even our court here finds that," Patrizi added.
In addition to being the first with news of his extradition, Republic TV has also accessed details of his defence to Dubai prosecution authorities, in which he claimed that he was being named in the case "to pressurise him to testify against the previous government".
Michel, nonetheless, has already named three names who were involved in the deal post the specifications being changed, namely Guido Haschke, Julie Tyagi and Giuseppe Orsi.
It was in September that Christian Michel's extradition had initially been ordered. During that hearing, Michel's representation argued that there was no case against him and that he had been acquitted by Italian courts. The Indian side, however, maintained that Michel had been a key player in the AgustaWestland chopper scam.