Belgium assures of cooperation in extradition of Nirav Modi

KOLKATA: Belgian Ambassador to India Jan Luykx today assured of the western European country’s cooperation in extraditing fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has sought his extradition in connection with a money laundering case from Belgium, the UK and a few other countries.

“We always cooperate,” Luykx said in reply to a question on the sidelines of a Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce session.

“There is an extradition treaty (between Belgium and India) that is old, but still exists. We are a country that respects treaties. Rule of law applies in Belgium,” he said.

The envoy, however, said as it is a legal issue there would be a procedure for such things.

Modi’s extradition was sought on the basis of a recent charge sheet filed by the ED against the diamond merchant and his family under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The ED had moved a special court in Mumbai yesterday seeking the extradition. (AGENCIES)