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Losing Candidate Shafiq Fleeing Egypt Ahead of Corruption Charges


Ahmed Mohamed Shafik Zaki

Ahmed Mohamed Shafik Zaki
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Ahmed Mohamed Shafik Zaki, who came second in Egypt’s presidential runoff election last week, is reported to have boarded a flight to Abu Dhabi Early Tuesday morning. He was seen off along with his three daughters to the Cairo airport VIP section by two employees of his campaign, then took a bus to the old terminal.

According to Al Ahram, several corruption complaints have been filed with the Office of the Prosecutor against Shafiq, who served as Mubarak’s last prime minister.

A high-level judicial source told Al Ahram that a Justice Ministry investigator, will receive this week the report prepared by experts in the Illicit Profiteering and Real Estate Agency who have examined procedures for the allocation of land sold by the Cooperative for Construction and Housing for Pilots, which was headed by Ahmed Shafiq in the 1990′s.

Former MP Essam Sultan of Al-Wasat Party issued a complaint against Shafiq as the former head of the cooperative, accusing him of selling a large piece of land to Alaa and Gamal Mubarak in 1993, at an extremely low price of only 75 piasters (about 12.5 cents) per square meter (about 10.5 sq. ft.).

The office of the prosecutor general Abdel Meguid Mahmoud has also transferred a complaint to El-Seidi against former president Hosni Mubarak Ahmed Shafiq, and former agriculture minister Youssef Wally, for illegally seizing 119 feddans of land (about 125 acres).

According to the complaint, the defendants seized land that belongs to fish farms, and illegally allocated it to the Pilots’ Association for Land Development, which was headed by Shafiq.

In the months following the ousting of Mubarak, more than 30 separate lawsuits of corruption were filed against Shafiq.

Bon voyage.

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5 Responses to “Losing Candidate Shafiq Fleeing Egypt Ahead of Corruption Charges”

  1. Roni Drukan says:

    Egypt's election may have been done in a democratic fashion but there will not be freedom in Egypt under Islamic leadership.

  2. And the chaos of mob rule begins…

  3. Yori Yanover says:

    I disagree with both comments. The fact is that the Muslim Brotherhood has been patient and working within the law to advance its goals. They're anything but chaotic. The4 fact is the old regime has robbed the people blind, and actually had the Chutzpah to run a Mubarak PM as candidate. The Brotherhood's response has been to win, in democratic fashion.

    I'm not suggesting they're nice people, but chaos is not how they operate.

  4. Samar Farouk says:

    at laaaaaaaaaaast.. found someone think like most egyptions think

  5. Khaled Ibrahim says:

    Shafiq gone to Omrah and will be back..your head line news is wrong…i.

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