Egyptian lawsuits authority pushes to hand over ex-Gaddafi aide

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din, Thursday 2 May 2013

Claims of Egyptian citizenship and request for asylum do not convince the Egyptian Lawsuits Authority, who appeal a denial of extradition of former Gaddafi aide, Ahmed Gadhaf Al-Dam

The Egyptian State Lawsuits Authority filed an appeal on Thursday that would lead to the extradition of Ahmed Gadhaf Al-Dam, a close aide and cousin of former Libyan ruler, Muammar Gaddafi.

The Lawsuits Authority, an Egyptian judicial institution which represents the interests of the government in a variety of issues domestically and internationally, appealed a ruling issued early April against the extradition of Gadhaf Al-Dam to Libya. 

The case was brought by Gadhaf Al-Dam after the Libyan administration demanded he be extradited to Libya for alleged crimes under Muammar Gaddafi’s rule.

On Sunday, Gadhaf Al-Dam was to be released after serving 30 days in provisional detention in accordance to a decision by the general prosecution, however, he was held on charges of possessing unlicensed weapons and illegal surveillance devices, resisting arrest and attempting to murder police officers. The former libyan strongman denied these charges.

Libya had demanded Egypt extradite Gadhaf Al-Dam, for alleged crimes under Muammar Gaddafi’s rule. He responded by filing a case with the Administrative Court requesting political asylum and an official document recognising what he says is his Egyptian nationality.

Late in March, Gadhaf Al-Dam's lawyer claimed that his client's parents are Egyptian, and therefore so is he.

Similarly, Gaddafi-era official, Mohamed Ibrahim, brother of former Libyan information minister Moussa Ibrahim asked for political asylum.

The plaintiffs argued that the extradition to Libya would put their lives at risk and, thus goes against international principles pertaining to refugees and targets of extradition.

In March, three former Libyan officials connected with the Gaddafi regime were arrested in Cairo, including Gadhaf Al-Dam, Ibrahim and Ali Maria, former Libyan ambassador to Egypt.

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