Loik Le Floch-Prigent, former CEO of international oil firm Elf, has been extradited to Togo from the Ivory Coast on suspicion of being involved in a massive fraud scheme.
The 69-year-old ex-executive was held on Saturday over a complaint filed by an an Emirati businessman who claims he was the victim of a $48 million fraud, Agence France Presse reported.
Le Floch-Prigent's lawyer Patrick Klugman denounced the extradition as being politically motivated.
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"[This is] an abduction and in no way an extradition, because my client was arrested and handed over to the Togolese authorities without the intervention of any judicial authority," Klugman said. "My client is the object of an internal Togolese political affair and I am not convinced that he is really being held over an embezzlement probe."
Le Floch-Prigent has already served a five-year sentence for corruption in France, after he was convicted of embezzling over $350 million in public funds during his time at Elf, BBC News reported.
He currently works as an oil industry consultant, AFP reported, and is expected to appear before a Togolese court on Monday.