Court adjourns trial of Mubarak era prime minister

Ahmed Shafiq, the runner-up in the 2012 presidential election won by ousted president Mohamed Morsi, faces charges of illegally attaining a plot of land and making illegal profits up to 30 million Egyptian pounds (around $4 million).

Court adjourns trial of Mubarak era prime minister

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Egyptian court on Wednesday adjourned until December 14 the trial of former Hosni Mubarak-era prime minister Ahmed Shafiq on corruption charges.

Shafiq, the runner-up in the 2012 presidential election won by ousted president Mohamed Morsi, faces charges of illegally attaining a plot of land and making illegal profits up to 30 million Egyptian pounds (around $4 million).

The case dates back to the time Shafiq served as civil aviation minister when he illegally seized the plot of land and allocated it to the Pilots' Association for Land Development, which he headed.

Shafiq was appointed prime minister by strongman Hosni Mubarak as a last-minute attempt to contain the 2011 January revolution.

He came a close second to Morsi in Egypt's first post-Mubarak presidential elections in June 2012.

Soon after Morsi's victory, Shafiq packed up and left for the United Arab Emirates, where he has been living ever since.

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