UK authorities have asked for more paperwork to justify Malta’s request for extradition proceedings to start against Adrian Hillman, Times of Malta reports.
The UK’s National Crime Agency is reviewing the application to have the former Allied Group managing director brought to Malta to face charges of money laundering and corruption.
The request was sent more than four weeks ago when another 11 persons were charged in Maltese courts in connection with the alleged crime.
Before Brexit, the United Kingdom was party to the European Arrest Warrant system which streamlined the process to extradite suspects of crime. Malta’s request is now being processed through a new UK-EU surrender agreement, the report said.
Part of the delay is because Malta used the same template from the old European Arrest Warrant system to make its request to transfer Hillman to the island.
Hillman is residing in the south-east London suburb of New Cross and is pursuing studies at Goldsmiths University of London.
Criminal charges are planned against him following a magisterial inquiry into the purchase of three multi-million-euro printing machines by Progress Press from Keith Schembri’s company Kasco Ltd a decade ago.
Schembri, financial advisers Nexia BT and Zenith Finance, formerly MFSP, are also facing charges.
Vincent Buhagiar, chairman of Progress Press at the time of the major printing investment, has also been charged with having received backhanders.