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Briefing Page: Mubarak premier to face trial for corruption
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Mubarak premier to face trial for corruption
CAIRO — Egyptian authorities Tuesday referred Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister to trial on corruption charges in a case involving the ousted leader’s two sons and four retired generals, security and judicial officials said.
Ahmed Shafiq, a career air force officer and a longtime friend of Mubarak, was the runner-up in Egypt’s presidential election in June to the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi, and has been living in the United Arab Emirates since shortly after that narrow defeat.
Mr. Shafiq, who repeatedly has denied corruption allegations and said in a television interview last week that the case against him is politically motivated, joins a long list of more than 30 Mubarak regime stalwarts, including two former prime ministers and the speakers of parliament’s two chambers, to face corruption charges.
Some of them have been tried and convicted, while others are still on trial.
The officials said judicial authorities referred Mr. Shafiq to trial on charges of squandering public funds. The case is linked to his time as the chairman of a housing association in the 1990s, when he allegedly sold plots of land at a fraction of their value to Mubarak’s sons, Gamal and Alaa.
Leader reaches outto Gadhafi stronghold
TRIPOLI — The spokesman of Libya’s interim parliament says the country’s transitional leader has visited a key mountain town still held by fighters loyal to slain leader Moammar Gadhafi.
Omar al-Houmidan says that interim President Mohammed el-Megarif’s Tuesday visit to the town of Bani Walid, 90 miles southeast of Tripoli, was aimed at achieving reconciliation. He said locals pledged to hand over anyone wanted for crimes.
Bani Walid, a town of some 100,000 residents, fell to revolutionary forces in October, the last town in Libya to do so. But pro-Gadhafi forces retook it in January.
Libya’s central government is still weak, with most towns dominated by local militias.
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