Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Gaddafi aide avoids extradition

Ahmed Qaddaf al-Dam gestures to supporters from a car after being arrested in Cairo, Egypt (AP)

An Egyptian court has ruled against the extradition to Libya of a former close aide of ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Egypt's state news agency has reported.

Ahmed Qaddaf al-Dam, a relative of Gaddafi who for decades co-ordinated relations between the Libyan and Egyptian regimes, had contested a Libyan request to extradite him following his arrest last month in his Cairo home.

Two other Libyan officials arrested alongside him have already been sent back to Libya.

Libyan authorities sought the men for alleged corruption and roles in Libya's eight-month civil war that ended with Gaddafi's death in 2011. Libya has already asked Egypt to hand over about 100 other former regime officials.

The news agency said Egypt's Administrative Court on Wednesday suspended the extradition procedures, saying al-Dam should be tried in Egypt.

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