Extradition process begins for Hussein Salem partner

Judicial sources have projected that the attorney general office’s department of international cooperation would within a week complete the file pertaining to the extradition from Spain of Ali Evsen, the Turkish partner of business tycoon Hussein Salem, for his alleged involvement with Salem in money laundering.

Magdi al-Shafei, director of Interpol in Cairo, said Evsen, who also holds Albanian and Azerbaijani citizenship, transferred Salem’s shares in the East Mediterranean Gas Company after the revolution to conceal them abroad.

“The Spanish court requested Evsen’s file in 40 days to hand him over to Egypt through diplomatic channels,” Shafei said. 

Interpol in Madrid arrested Evsen on Sunday in accordance with a request from the Egyptian Justice Ministry’s Illicit Gains Authority.

Evsen is expected to stand trial in Egypt for financial crimes allegedly committed with Salem.

The Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Salem, a close ally to former President Hosni Mubarak, and former Petroleum Minister Sameh Fahmy to 15 years in prison on Thursday for their involvement in Egypt’s notorious gas deal with Israel.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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