Close Mubarak associate held in Spain

Egyptian officials say Hussein Salam will be bought back to Egypt to face a number of charges.

    Hussein Salam reportedly won lucrative business contracts because of his proximity to Mubarak [Interpol]


    Authorities in Spain have arrested a close associate of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, wanted on charges of bribery and squandering public funds.

    Hussein Salam, one of Egypt's most secretive businessmen, was detained in his home in Mallorca on an international arrest warrant issued by Interpol.

    He had left Egypt a week before Mubarak was forced to resign on February 11 after 18-days of protests against his rule.

    Brigadier-General Magdy el-Shafei, the head of Egypt's Interpol branch, told the state's Middle East News Agency on Thursday that authorities were preparing the necessary documents to bring Salam back to Egypt.

    Since Mubarak's ouster, protesters have continued to press for the prosecution of Mubarak and his
    associates for what they say were years of abuse and corruption.

    Salam was charged last month along with Mubarak and the ex-president's two sons. Their trial is scheduled for August.

    He is said to have won lucrative land and other deals, including exporting gas to Israel, because of his connection to Mubarak.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    More than 300 people died in Somalia but some are asking why there was less news coverage and sympathy on social media.

    The life and death of Salman Rushdie, gentleman author

    The life and death of Salman Rushdie, gentleman author

    The man we call 'Salman Rushdie' today is not the brilliant author of the Satanic Verses, but a Picassoesque imposter.

    The Beirut Spy: Shula Cohen

    The Beirut Spy: Shula Cohen

    The story of Shula Cohen, aka The Pearl, who spied for the Israelis in Lebanon for 14 years.