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Lawyer hits out over arrest in Spain - Press & Journal: "Lawyer and former Dundee Football Club director Giovanni di Stefano claime...
Lawyer hits out over arrest in Spain - Press & Journal: "Lawyer and former Dundee Football Club director Giovanni di Stefano claimed last night that his arrest in Spain on fraud allegations was “politically motivated”.

The 55-year-old was held in a mansion in Palma, the capital of the island of Majorca, on Monday. In a statement, Mr di Stefano said he had been freed by the Spanish Supreme Court and the charges against him were “spurious”. Mr di Stefano is wanted by detectives at City of London Police in connection with a fraud inquiry dating back several years.

A source close to the investigation said a warrant was issued last month after a review of paperwork connected to the case.

He said yesterday that the charges were a result of a recent indictment he had served against former prime minister Tony Blair claiming the Iraq war was illegal.

Mr di Stefano is a colourful businessman and legal advocate who has made his name by picking up some of the most high-profile cases of the last decade. He was one of several non-Arab lawyers who acted as consultants to the team which defended deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and others in his regime. Earlier this month it emerged he had agreed to represent American serial killer Charles Manson, who is challenging his conviction."

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