Mubarak aide Salem hospitalised after Spain arrest

2011-06-18 13:35

Madrid – A top aide to former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been taken to a hospital in Spain after being arrested on an international warrant for alleged corruption, a medical source said today.

Hussein Salem, a businessman accused of squandering Egyptian public funds by selling gas to Israel below market prices, was admitted for heart problems yesterday, a day after his arrest, a judicial source said.

The hospital declined to comment on Salem’s condition.

Egyptian state news agency MENA said on Thursday that Salem, who also holds Spanish citizenship, had fled the country on February 3, eight days before Mubarak was forced to step down.

Spain set separate bails of 12 million euros ($17.2 million) and 15 million euros for Salem, who was arrested along with a son, Khaled Salem, and Turkish businessman Ali Evsen.

Spain’s High Court said the three faced charges of money laundering, fraud, bribery and corruption in international trade transactions.

Assets worth more than 42.5 million euros have been seized by Spanish police in the case.

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