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Ahmed Shafiq corruption case referred for trial in Egypt


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Ahmed Shafiq corruption case referred for trial in Egypt

Egypt has ordered that former presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq face a criminal court on corruption charges if he returns to the country.

A justice ministry official said the case against the 70-year-old had been formally referred for trial.

Shafiq fled to the United Arab Emirates after narrowly losing the election in June to the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi.

He was the last prime minister under ousted leader Hosni Mubarak.

The investigation against him surrounds the illegal sale of 40,000 square metres of land to Mubarak’s two sons in 1990s.

He has repeatedly denied the allegations which he described as politically motivated.

Shafiq, who is due to be arrested at the border, said he would return to Egypt when it was suitable for him to do so.

He has been barred from using his Egyptian passport for travel.

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