Former Egyptian finance minister Youssef Boutros-Ghali (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Former Egyptian finance minister Youssef Boutros-Ghali, who was detained in Paris on Monday, cannot be extradited to Egypt because he has international immunity, an Egyptian Interpol official said on Wednesday.
Ghali was detained in the French capital on an international arrest warrant over corruption charges stemming from his tenure under former president Hosni Mubarak.
He was sentenced in absentia to 30 years in prison for corruption and abuse of power following the 2011 uprising that toppled Mubarak.
"Ghali enjoys international immunity and cannot be extradited to Egypt as he carries political asylum papers," Egyptian Interpol director Magdi El-Shafey told state news agency MENA.
Ghali presented his asylum papers after he was arrested in France, El-Shafie added.
The United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (CRSR), to which France and Britain are signatories, bans the deportation of the holders of such documents.
Ghali was one of the most influential economists under Mubarak and fled the country following the 2011 uprising, which was partially provoked by economic grievances.