Interpol called in over Egyptian ex-ministers

Ahram Online, Sunday 27 Feb 2011

Prosecutor-general demands extradition of Ghali and Rachid to face corruption and profiteering charges

Former minister Rachid, thought to be in US (Photo: World Economic Forum)

The international criminal police has received a request from Egypt’s prosecutor-general, Abdul Megid Mahmoud, calling on all countries to identify and arrest two former government ministers.

Mahmoud has asked Interpol to extradite the former Minister of Finance, Youssef Boutros Ghali, and the former Minister of Commerce and Industry, Rachid Mohamed Rachid. Both face charges in Egypt of corruption, profiteering and wasting public money.

Ghali and Rachid are believed to have fled to the US.

Abdul Megid has also imposed a travel ban on Amro Assal, chairman of the Industrial Development Authority, and Abu El-Eish, director of the Industrial Modernization Center, the two main bodies of Rachid's former ministry.

On 10 February, North Cairo Court upheld a decision by the prosecutor-general to freeze the assets of a senior National Democratic Party (NDP) official and three former ministers.

The court previously decided to freeze the assets of Rachid and Ghali, along with Ahmed Ezz, a senior NDP official, Ahmed El Maghrabi, the former Minister of Housing, and five other officials who are accused of appropriating and squandering public funds.

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