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Force India Formula 1 Co-Owner Vijay Mallya's Extradition Trial Continues

Force India Formula 1 co-Owner Vijay Mallya's extradition trial to face fraud and money laundering charges of Rs 9,000 crore ($1.35B) in India resumed on Monday in London, with his defense "fielding a legal expert to question the impartiality of India's judicial system," according to the PTI. The 61-year-old's barrister, Clare Montgomery, deposed Martin Lau to give his views on the evidence presented by the Central Bureau of Investigation and Indian Supreme Court rulings. Lau, an expert on South Asian law, said, "I hold the Supreme Court in the highest respect but it is equally not disrespectful to indicate that some doubts are voiced about particular patterns [in judgments]." Lau "is also being made to elaborate on the application of Indian laws relevant to the case." He claimed that some of the money laundering allegations against Mallya may fall under a "retrospective application" of the Money Laundering Act because the alleged offenses occurred before '13, when the act was amended in India. Earlier on Monday, the defense deposed Force India CFO Margaret Sweeney (PTI, 12/11).