Foreign Ministry not sparing efforts to extradite ex-finance minister

The Egyptian Embassy in London has renewed its official request for the extradition of former Finance Minister Youssef Botrous Ghali on five occasions, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Amr Roshdy on Wednesday.

He explained that in April 2011, Egypt's judicial authorities submitted a request demanding Ghali's arrest through the London embassy. The request, according to Roshdy, was renewed in May, coinciding with the Egyptian embassy's efforts to detect the runaway minister's movement.

Ghali, one of several much-hated officials who served under former President Hosni Mubarak, fled the country in late January 2011, days after the breakout of the popular uprising that forced Mubarak to resign.

Roshdy said the Foreign Ministry made a similar request in July 2011 after Ghali was sentenced in absentia to 30 years in prison on corruption charges. Roshdy said that the Egyptian Embassy had also notified the UK Home Office of three international arrest warrants issued against the former minister.

Egypt and the UK do not have an extradition agreement.

On Monday, Ghali was forced out of a public lecture he was attending at the London School of Economics (LSE) after a group of attendees said they were appalled to see him in the audience.

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