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Prosecution to review Ahmed Shafiq's land corruption case

Due to procedural error, a Cairo criminal court sends to prosecution former PM and ex-presidential contender Ahmed Shafiq's corruption case regarding embezzlement of public funds and properties

Ahram Online, Thursday 19 Dec 2013
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Egypt's former prime minister Ahmed Shafik (Photo: Reuters)
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A Cairo criminal court sent Thursday to prosecution a corruption case involving former PM Ahmed Shafiq, after refusing to look into the case because of a procedural error.

Along with 10 officials from the Housing Cooperative Association for Military Pilots, former presidential candidate Shafiq is accused of appropriating a plot of land worth LE30 million (around $ 4.3 million) owned by the association. The former Air Force commander is also facing charges of money laundering worth LE5 million (around $724,742).

Earlier Thursday, Shafiq was acquitted of charges of embezzling public funds in the Pilots' Association for Land Development trial. The two sons of deposed autocrat Hosni Mubarak, Gamal and Alaa, were also acquitted in the same case.

Mubarak's former aviation minister Shafiq headed the Pilots' Association for Land Development in 1992. He was accused by the general prosecution of having seized 40,000 metres of land belonging to fishing farms, illegally allocating them to the association before reselling them to Mubarak's sons at lower than market price.

Shafiq, who was tried in absentia, currently resides in Dubai. He left Egypt after his defeat in the presidential election runoff to the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi in 2012. A judicial source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said his name has been removed from the airport watch list.

The ex-presidential candidate had earlier announced he would run for Egypt's upcoming presidential elections if Defence Minister Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi decided not to run.
 

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D ELMA
20-12-2013 08:42am
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He's innocent, he should return to Egypt and face the music
I've changed my mind on Shafiq, I thought he was the old regime's candidate when he faced Morsi. But ever since he left for Dubai after his defeat he's shown nothing but love for his country...so much so that I wonder why he left in the first place. Gadaa!
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bknot1
19-12-2013 07:25pm
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NO WAY!!!
No one that has pending charges or left your country because of defeat should not be able to run for any office unless he spends a certain amount of years back in the country after living abroad (2 yrs). But in no way should he be able to run for any position with pending charges. All that will do will let to more corruption.
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Jumbadaq
19-12-2013 05:47pm
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Procution are enemie of egypt
Court of egypt always suport enemies of nation.we do not expect from court any good decision.court loyal of mibarak
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