Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

10 January 2013

Egypt: Mubarak-Era Fugitive Referred to Criminal Court for Graft

Egypt's Attorney General ordered on Thursday that businessman Hussein Salem and his two children be referred to Criminal Court on charges of profiteering and squandering public funds.

Ibrahim asked for all the necessary measures to be taken to return Salem and his children from Spain in light of the new developments in the case.

Spain's Supreme Court retracted a decision to hand over the fugitive businessman to Egypt in December after he appealed to it that he holds the Spanish passport and all the charges attributed to him are of political nature.

The Spanish National Court had ordered the extradition of Salem to Cairo after an Egyptian court sentenced him to 15 years in prison last June following his conviction in graft and corruption.

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