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Briton arrested at Heathrow in German tax evasion probe

A British man suspected of evading 125 million euro (£109 million) in value added tax has been arrested at Heathrow Airport in an investigation into organised tax fraud, German prosecutors said.

Frankfurt prosecutors said the 42-year-old, whom they did not identify, was arrested on Tuesday evening after arriving from Abu Dhabi.

They have filed an extradition request.

The prosecutors are investigating a VAT fraud scheme involving a chain of transactions with carbon dioxide emissions certificates.

They said the arrested man is believed to be one of the main organisers, used several aliases and was known within the group as Batman.

The alleged tax evasion dates back to 2009 and 2010.

Thirteen people so far have been convicted as a result of the investigation.

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