Spain extradites Pole convicted of recording govt talks

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish police say a businessman who fled to Spain after being convicted in an illegal eavesdropping case that led to the fall of a Polish government has been extradited to Poland.

Police said Friday that Marek Falenta is back in Poland and will soon go to prison.

Falenta was convicted of organizing the secret recordings of top Polish politicians in 2013 and 2014, creating a scandal that contributed to the defeat in 2015 of a pro-European Union government. He fled to Spain and was caught in April.

Falenta's business interests included importing coal from Russia. Polish media have reported that he owed millions of dollars to a company with ties to the Kremlin, leading some to suspect a Russian role in the affair that brought down the pro-EU Polish government.

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