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Egypt's former PM Shafiq to be added to Interpol's most-wanted list

Mubarak-era PM and one-time presidential hopeful Ahmed Shafiq may end up on Interpol's most-wanted list on orders of Egypt's prosecutor general

Ahram Online, Tuesday 11 Sep 2012
Ex-minister of Aviation Ahmed Shafiq (Photo: AP)

Prosecutor-general Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud has called for Ahmed Shafiq, Egypt's last Mubarak-era prime minister, to be placed on Interpol's most-wanted list.

On Tuesday, Mahmoud officially asked Judge Hisham El-Derendly, head of Egypt's National Cooperation Office, to include Shafiq – a former presidential candidate – on the international law enforcement agency's wanted list.

Earlier on Tuesday, the ex-aviation minister was referred to a Cairo criminal court to face corruption charges. He stands accused of presiding over the illegal sale of 40,000 acres of state land to the sons of ousted president Hosni Mubarak.

In late June, Shafiq travelled to the UAE after losing Egypt's first post-Mubarak presidential election to Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi. It was later revealed that the former presidential hopeful planned to remain in the UAE for "security reasons."

An unnamed judicial source told Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website that the public prosecutor had called on Egyptian diplomats to intervene in the issue by bringing the accused back home, as no extradition treaty currently exists between Egypt and the UAE.

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