US prosecuters drop allegation in case against Red Carnation hotels owners

25 January 2007 by
US prosecuters drop allegation in case against Red Carnation hotels owners

US prosecutors seeking the extradition of Red Carnation hotel group owners Stanley and Beatrice Tollman have dropped an allegation of money laundering, according to The Times.

The US team, represented by Alun Jones QC, also accepted that 76-year old Tollman did not make any money from the alleged $100m (£51m) bank fraud for which it wants to try him, the newspaper said.

Last month, the Tollmans failed to halt the extradition despite claiming the proceedings were an "abuse" of the legal process.

Lawyers for the Tollmans, who deny the allegations against them, had argued at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, that the couple were victims of a "vindictive" campaign.

But Alun Jones, QC for the US government, said there was "solid evidence" in Mr Tollman's case and that there was no "ulterior motive" in relation to his wife's case.

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By Daniel Thomas

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