Ambassador: Spain to extradite daughter of runaway businessman

Judicial authorities in Spain have decided to extradite Magda Salem, the daughter of runaway Egyptian businessman Hussein Salem, who faces corruption charges both in Egypt and Spain.

In mid-January, a Spanish court said it would investigate whether to extradite Magda, who faces charges of money laundering in Egypt.

The elder Salem fled with his family to Spain during Egypt’s 25 January uprising last year, which prompted the resignation of former President Hosni Mubarak, to whom Salem was a close associate.

After Mubarak’s resignation, Egypt called on Interpol to arrest Salem on charges of bribery, abuse of power and squandering public money.

Salem is also a primary suspect in corruption charges related to the Egypt-Israel natural gas deal, which also involves the toppled president. He faces charges of money laundering in Spain as well.

In late February, Spain said it will hand over Salem and his son, Khaled, to Egypt, and would consider the status of his daughter, Magda.

Translated from MENA

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