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Israeli Offers to Go to France in Exchange for Terrorist

Israeli financier Shmuel Sharon-Flatto, whose extradition is being sought by France on charges of fraud and income tax evasion, said here today that he would willingly return to France to face the music if French authorities agreed to extradite Palestinian terrorist Abu Daoud to Israel. Daoud, who is believed to have engineered the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre, was arrested in Paris Friday and Israeli authorities are expected to request his extradition shortly.

Flatto’s extradition was requested by France two weeks ago after several years during which the matter appeared to have been dropped. In that period. Flatto prospered from industrial and construction enterprises in Israel. Israeli authorities detained him pending completion of the French extradition papers. He was released on IL 10 million bail, the highest bail ever set by an Israeli court.

In an interview at his luxurious home near Tel Aviv, Flatto said that if his going to France would expedite the extradition of Abu Daoud, he was ready and willing to do so because he owes it to Israel.

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