Fugitive businessman 'Fat Leonard' to seek asylum in Venezuela: Reports

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Leonard Glenn Francis was arrested on Sept 21 at the international airport outside Caracas as he prepared to leave for Russia. Read more at straitstimes.com.

CARACAS - A fugitive Malaysian businessman nicknamed 'Fat Leonard' who is at the centre of a major US Navy bribery scandal wants to seek political asylum in Venezuela after being detained in the country last week, local media said on Monday.

He was under a red notification requested by the United States, Interpol's Venezuela chief said, adding that authorities were planning to begin his extradition procedure. He reportedly told the hearing that he wanted to stay in Venezuela to appeal for political asylum and that he was suffering from metastatic kidney cancer, the newspaper said.

Francis arrived in Venezuela via Mexico and Cuba, and planned to continue to Russia, last week's Interpol statement said.in the United States earlier this month ahead of his impending sentencing, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

 

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