Egypt’s former presidential candidate Shafiq acquitted of corruption

In an interview with Al Arabiya, Ahmed Shafiq said he would return to Egypt but did not specify when. (Al Arabiya)

A Cairo criminal court acquitted former presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq from charges of squandering public funds while serving as minister of aviation before the 2011 revolution.

Shafiq served as the minister of civil aviation between 2002 and 2011 before he was appointed by ousted President Hosni Mubarak as prime minister in the wake of the Jan. 25, 2011 revolution.

He and other former officials were accused of squandering LE2.5 billion ($365 million) from public money when they allegedly ordered the demolition of a Cairo International Airport building.

Egypt’s state prosecutor on Feb. 19 asked the international police Interpol to issue an arrest warrant for the former air force general. Interpol rejected the request saying it was “politically motivated.”

Shafiq is based in the United Arab Emirates and continues to criticize the Muslim Brotherhood and the rule of President Mohammed Mursi.

In an interview with Al Arabiya, Shafiq praised the independence of Egypt’s judiciary despite the political turmoil rocking the country. Shafiq said he would return to Egypt but did not specify when.

Last Update: Sunday, 07 April 2013 KSA 19:54 - GMT 16:54