World Bulletin/News Desk
An Egyptian court on Saturday adjourned until November 17 the trial of former presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq on charges of ill-gotten gains.
Shafiq, who was the late premier of toppled president Hosni Mubarak, is accused along with ten other people of illegally attaining a plot of land and achieving illegal profits up to 30 million Egyptian pounds (around $4 million).
The case dates back to the days when Shafiq was a civil aviation minister when he and the ten defendants illegally attained the plot of land, which belonged to a Ministry of Civil Aviation cooperative.
As prime minister, Shafiq had to walk out under public pressure after Mubarak's regime fell down on February 11, 2011.
He came close second to ousted president Mohamed Morsi in Egypt's first post-Mubarak presidential elections in June 2012. Soon after announcing the results of the presidential elections, Shafiq packed up and left for the United Arab Emirates.
Most of Mubarak's regime figures have been tried on charges of corruption and ordering the killing of peaceful demonstrators during the popular uprising that brought this regime down.Last Mod: 19 Ekim 2013, 15:31