Egypt sends copy of ruling against Salem to Spain

Public Prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud sent a copy of the ruling issued by the Cairo Criminal Court against businessman Hussein Salem to Spain on Thursday.

The Cairo Criminal Court sentenced former Petroleum Minister Sameh Fahmy and Salem to 15 years in prison on Thursday for their involvement in Egypt's gas deal with Israel.

Spokesperson for the public prosecution Adel al-Saeed said Thursday that once the ruling was issued against Salem, a copy of the ruling was sent to Spain as part of the extradition request.

Egypt has an extradition request pending for Salem, who was arrested in Spain last June.

On 11 June, MENA news agency reported that the Spanish Constitutional Court has suspended the extradition of Salem to Egypt until his request for asylum is answered.

Prior to this, a Spanish national court had ordered the handover of Salem on the grounds that he exploits his Spanish nationality to evade extradition. Salem was arrested in Madrid on 14 June of last year.

Edited translation from MENA

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