/ 9 April 1999


A CANADIAN national, wanted in his country for defrauding the government of C$1,16-million is to petition the South African chief justice to have his extradition stopped. Michael Levitt appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday and had his case remanded to May 6. The Canadian government issued a warrant of arrest for Levitt on April 3 1996 in Toronto after allegations of fraud and theft were levelled against him. Levitt was employed by the Canadian government as a consultant to help improve the accounting system in the office of the Ministry of the Auditor-General of Ontario. The C$1,16-million was meant for the country’s witness protection programme.