Spain says ready to extradite Mubarak crony if courts agree

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Spain is ready to allow the extradition of a close associate of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak if the courts give their approval, the government said Monday.

If the Egyptian request for the extradition of businessman Hussein Salem is approved by Spain's National Court then the government would have to give its assent.

"We are ready to send him there but it is under the judicial process," Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez told journalists in Luxembourg where was attending a European Union ministerial meeting.

An official at the National Court said the extradition request was still being considered.

Spanish police said June 17 they had frozen more than 30 million euros in bank accounts and properties valued at 10 million euros after arresting Salem along with his son and a suspected frontman.

Salem was accused of money laundering, fraud, bribery and corruption, police said in a statement.

Police said they froze suspected illicit gains of 32.5 million euros ($46 million) in bank accounts, two buildings in Madrid and seven in the southern resort of Marbella, a popular destination for wealthy people, worth a total of about 10 million euros, and five luxury cars.

An Egyptian security official said Salem was accused of corruption in a gas deal and of giving properties to Mubarak and his family in return for huge swathes of land in Sinai.

© 2011 AFP

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