Spain Orders Extradition Of Mubarak Associate

By Salon Staff

Published March 2, 2012 4:27PM (EST)

MADRID (AP) — Spain's National Court has ordered the extradition to Egypt of a close associate to ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak who was being held in Spain on suspicion of money laundering and corruption.

Hussein Salem was arrested in a wealthy Madrid suburb in June and $47 million (euro33 million) of his possessions were frozen as police also seized homes worth $14 million (euro10 million), including some in the jet-set resort of Marbella.

The money was allegedly obtained illegally in Egypt and sent to Salem's family accounts in Spain, the court order said Friday.

Salem left Egypt a week before Mubarak was forced to resign in February 2011, and protesters have pressed for the prosecution of Mubarak and his cronies for years of alleged abuse and corruption.

Salon Staff

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