Egypt orders arrrest of last Mubarak PM

2012-09-11 22:25
Ahmed Shafiq (AFP)

Ahmed Shafiq (AFP)

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Cairo - Egyptian authorities ordered the arrest of ousted strongman Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister Ahmed Shafiq on Tuesday on suspicion of corruption, judicial sources said.

Shafiq, who has been living abroad in the United Arab Emirates since narrowly losing the first post-Mubarak elections to Islamist incumbent Mohamed Morsi in June, has been barred from travel using his Egyptian passport since last month.

He faces corruption charges in a case connected to that of Mubarak's long untouchable sons Alaa and Gamal.

A former air force chief and civil aviation minister, Shafiq was named premier in the last days of Mubarak's presidency before the veteran strongman's overthrow in February last year.

He won 48.3% of the vote in a second-round presidential election runoff against Morsi in June.

Late last month, he slammed the travel restrictions imposed on him as "political".

He said he would have no hesitation about flying home if he deemed it necessary.

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