Ahmed Shafik has been referred to trial on corruption charges by an investigative judge.
The charges against Ahmed Shafik, the runner-up in Egypt’s presidential election, arise from allegations made against him while he served as the nation’s civil aviation minister under Mubarak.
“He faces charges of profiteering and facilitating illegal acquisition of state funds,” Adel Saeed, spokesman for the general prosecutor’s office.
Shafik was one of ten former civil aviation ministry officials referred to trial, Saeed said.
[July 24]Ahmed Shafiq is living in Abu Dhabi for security reasons, he said on july 23.
In addition, Shafiq said he was shocked by the death of Hosni Mubarak’s former spy chief Omar Suleiman because they were very close.
“If he was alive he [Suleiman] would have advised me not to return to Egypt now,” he added.
Ahmed Shafiq, a former air force commander, was appointed prime minister during the 18-day uprising that brought down Hosni Mubarak.
He came second to the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi in the presidential election.
Shafiq’s departure coincided with the commencement of investigations accusing him of wasting public funds and facilitating selling lands to Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, the two sons of the ousted president. These allegations were denied by Shafiq repeatedly during the elections.
Despite the denials, Shafiq is still facing 35 corruption cases, which were originally handled by a military court and later transferred to the general attorney. Shafiq is also a witness in the controversial trial of the Camel Battle. He has avoided testifying the case.
[June 12]Speaking of those killed on Feb. 2, 2011, during what’s known in Egypt as the Battle of the Camel, the day of violence that followed the irregular cavalry charge, Ahmed Shafiq claimed that the men attacking protesters from rooftops above Tahrir Square were not government-hired thugs, but Muslim Brothers.
Although Mr. Shafiq offered no proof for the accusation, and claimed only that he had “read this in a newspaper,” he also hinted darkly: “The day will come when the people will know the truth about who really killed the protesters in the square.” Brothers: the allegations were “ludicrous.”
[Jun 10]Ahmed Shafiq has lodged an official complaint against the Brotherhood’s use of mosques for presidential election campaigning activities.
“Eighty per cent of Egypt’s mosques are currently being used for personal campaigning for Mursi,” he said. “God’s houses should only be used for worship.”
Shafiq claimed to be fighting a “clean political battle,” while the Brotherhood, he said, was “a group that continues to prove day by day that it is hungry for power and blinded by its domination of state institutions.”
The Brotherhood, he continued, “lives in the past and is blinded by ignorance.”
Briefly touching on international politics, Shafiq went on to stress that the Palestinian issue was “key,” saying that he would personally exert all efforts to ensure the liberation of Palestinians with Jerusalem as their capital.
Mursi and Shafiq are set to face off in a hotly-contested runoff vote on 16 and 17 June.
In a press conference in Cairo June 8, former Air Marshal Ahmed Shafiq, whose strong showing in the election’s first round last month sent shockwaves throughout the fragmented groups which helped overthrow Mubarak, pledged he would uphold freedoms.
“Public squares will be free and secure for expression,” he said. “I promise you, no youth will be arrested for political activities.”
Shafiq launched a vehement attack against his Islamist opponents, accusing the Brotherhood of wanting “obedient youth that kiss hands.”
Protesters have been angered by Shafik’s links to Egypt’s ousted leader Hosni Mubarak. Both men are former air force commanders and Mubarak made Shafik prime minister shortly before being overthrown in a popular uprising 16 months ago.