Fugitive Egyptian ex minister living openly in London: UK newspaper

Ahram Online, Sunday 19 Jun 2011

Former finance minister Yousef Boutros-Ghali is living openly in London despite an Interpol warrant and an Egyptian corruption conviction

Youssef Ghali
A snapshot of former finance minister Youssef Boutros Ghali as it appears on the Interpol website

Egypt's former finance minister, Youssef Boutros Ghali, sentenced to 30 years in prison earlier this month for squandering public funds, is living openly in London, a leading British newspaper reported today.

Shadow Justice Minister, Andy Slaughter told the Independent on Sunday that he was contacted by expatriate Egyptians living in his constituency who were furious that Mr Boutros-Ghali had been seen "wandering around London with impunity".

"This country once had a reputation for upholding international law, not as a refuge for criminals and fraudsters," Slaughter said.

"We are also letting down and neglecting our duty to the liberated people of Egypt who want our help in bringing their oppressors to justice," he added.

"The British government cannot claim to be on the side of pro-democracy protesters ... while simultaneously providing financial and physical shelter to former [eg. Mubarak] regime members accused of fraud, theft and/or human rights abuses."

Ghali was sentenced in absentia by an Egyptian court to 30 years in prison on 4 June ‎after been convicted of squandering public funds.‎ The court also ordered him to return LE30 million and pay an additional LE30 million in fines.

He has been on Egypt's wanted list for months but was ‎widely believed to have fled the country.‎

In May, the International Criminal Police (Interpol) issued a wanted 'red notice' for Ghali, after Egypt’s prosecutor-general, Abdul Megid Mahmoud sent a request to extradite the former Minister of Finance, Ghali, as well as the former Minister of Commerce and Industry, Rachid Mohamed Rachid who also faces charges in Egypt of corruption, profiteering and wasting public money

Ghali, who was replaced as Egypt's finance minister in a cabinet shake-up amid the revolution, resigned in February as head of the International Monetary Fund's main policy steering panel.

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