Egypt court refuses to disclose Shafiq's bank accounts

Ahram Online, Monday 22 Oct 2012

Cairo Appeal Court declines to disclose long-time aviation minister Shafiq's bank account in graft trial

Ahmed Shafiq
Former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq (photo: Reuters)

Cairo Appeal Court denied on Monday a request from Egypt's Illicit Gains Authority to disclose the personal bank accounts of Ahmed Shafiq, the Mubarak-era aviation minister who ran for president.

A criminal court case was opened against Shafiq in late September, along with ten aviation ministry officials on charges of "profiteering and facilitating the [illegal] acquisition of state funds."

Shafiq's trial on graft charges is set to begin on 2 December.

Egypt's Illicit Gains Authority froze Shafiq's financial assets and those of his three daughters on Sunday.

The former aviation minister was put on Cairo International Airport's watch list on 29 August.

With the results of egypt's first post-Mubarak presidential elections indicating on 24 June that the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi had beat Shafiq out, he travelled to the United Arab Emirates.

Shafiq said he plans to remain in the UAE for what he called "security reasons."

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