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Spain mulls extradition of tycoon Hussein Salem's daughter

Madrid considers handing daughter of detained business magnate over to Egypt; Judge expects Salem's extradition within 3 months

Ahram Online, Tuesday 10 Jan 2012
Hussein Salem
Hussein Salem

Spanish authorities will reportedly look into an Egyptian request ‎to hand business tycoon Hussein Salem’s daughter, Magda ‎Salem, over to Egyptian authorities on 16 January. The Spanish ‎government is expected to decide the issue within three days.‎

According to Judge Essam El-Gohary, head of Egypt’s Illicit ‎Gains Authority, which is responsible for recovering stolen public ‎money, Madrid will also consider a longstanding Egyptian ‎request to hand over Hussein Salem himself within the next ‎three months.‎

El-Gohary has said that his office would despatch three legal ‎specialists – Judge Ahmed Saad, Judge Aser Harb and Judge ‎Ahmed Ali – to attend a 16 January court session in Spain held ‎to decide whether to extradite Magda Salem to Egypt. El-‎Gohary’s office has also hired a Spanish legal firm to follow up ‎on the case.‎

A business magnate who enjoyed close ties with the ousted ‎Mubarak regime, Salem – currently being held by Spanish ‎authorities – faces multiple charges of corruption and money ‎laundering in both countries. Salem’s son and daughter, who ‎were arrested in Spain last summer, have also both been ‎accused of laundering some 2 billion euros.‎

Salem, who fled Egypt on 3 February at the height of last year’s ‎revolution, was arrested in his villa in Majorca, Spain in June of ‎last year.‎

Spanish lawyer Matthew Fortunato, who is currently working the ‎case on a volunteer basis in coordination with Spain’s Egyptian ‎community, filed a request in September with Spain’s National ‎Court to extradite the detained businessman to Egypt.‎

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