French authorities have extradited to Germany a former top government official wanted on corruption charges.

Officials handed former German Deputy Defense Minister Holger Pfahls over to German authorities at the Forbach border post between the two countries. He is to appear before a court in Augsburg in coming days.

French police arrested Mr. Pfahls in July, ending the former official's five years on the run.

German authorities accuse him of failing to declare about $2 million he allegedly received from an arms merchant in 1991 while serving as deputy defense minister. Authorities say the payment to Mr. Pfahls involved the sale of 36 armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia.

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