Middle East

Egypt ex-PM Shafiq refered to court on new graft charges

In this Saturday, May 26, 2012 file photo, Egyptian former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq speaks to the media during a press conference at his office in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)

CAIRO: Egypt's justice ministry on Tuesday referred former presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq to the Cairo criminal court on charges of corruption and squandering public funds, judicial sources told AFP.

Shafiq who has been living in the United Arab Emirates since his defeat in the election, faces arrest on his return to Egypt after he was put on an airport watch list.

He is being investigated along with his daughters and 10 other defendants over illegally seizing public land for use by the Pilot Association, which Shafiq headed.

Shafiq, the last prime minister to serve under ousted president Hosni Mubarak, is already facing trial in a separate fraud cases.

The former airforce commander narrowly lost a June presidential election to Islamist Mohamed Morsi.

The trial will be the latest in a series of court actions that have jailed much of the former regime's leadership, including Mubarak himself.





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