Egypt asks Interpol to take Mubarak-era businessman off watchlist
Salem, who also holds Spanish citizenship, was arrested under an international warrant in 2011 in Spain
Egypt gave the green light on Thursday for Interpol and the European Union to drop charges against Hussein Salem, a businessman ally of deposed president Hosni Mubarak, a senior justice ministry official said.
Salem and his family gave up 75 percent of their wealth in August in a deal that allowed them to return to Egypt without facing prosecution.
Salem, who also holds Spanish citizenship, was arrested under an international warrant in 2011 in Spain, where he fled after the popular uprising that ended Mubarak’s 30-year rule.
“The prosecution had sent instructions to take Salem and his family members off airport watchlists on Sept. 27 and asked the Interpol to take him off its Red Notice Wanted list today,” justice ministry spokesman Judge Khaled al-Nashar told Reuters.
The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) is an intergovernmental agency designed to promote international cooperation in criminal investigations.
Nashar said Egypt also sent notices to Spain, Switzerland, and Hong Kong to take Salem off their watchlists and that of the European Union.
The actions will allow Salem and family members to return to Egypt.