Egypt's Shafiq referred to court on corruption charges

Ahram Online , Sunday 30 Sep 2012

Corruption case involving ex-PM Ahmed Shafiq and 10 aviation ministry officials referred to court on Sunday; Shafiq remains in UAE for 'security reasons'

Former Egypt's Civil Aviation Minister Ahmed Shafiq (Photo: Reuters)

Mubarak-era prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, who lost Egypt's first democratically-held presidential elections this summer to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, was referred to criminal court on Sunday along with ten aviation ministry officials to face charges of "profiteering and facilitating the [illegal] acquisition of state funds."

The case involves the illegal allocation of state-owned land to a company without offering it for tender, in addition to other instances of handing out government contracts without putting them up for tender.

Shafiq, who also served as aviation minister during the Mubarak era, was referred to court earlier in September to answer charges of presiding over the illegal sale of 40,000 acres of state-owned land to Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, the former president's sons.

Alaa and Gamal Mubarak are currently waiting trial for stock market manipulation.

Shafiq remains in the UAE where he travelled in late June after coming second to Mohamed Morsi in the presidential election run-off.

He later revealed that he would remain in the UAE for "security reasons."

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