Egypt Former Presidential Candidate Referred to Court

An Egyptian judge has referred former prime minister and presidential candidate Ahmed Shafik and 10 others to a criminal court.

Judge Hisham Raouf referred Shafik on charges of corruption at the Aviation Ministry, the Justice Ministry said in a faxed statement. EgyptAir Holding Co. Chairman Tawfik Assi also faces related charges, it said.

Shafik, a career air force officer and former civil aviation minister, was among several officials named in lawsuits alleging land usurpation that benefited an air force pilots’ association, the prosecutor-general’s office said on June 26.

Shafik, who was the last prime minister of ousted President Hosni Mubarak, lost the final round of presidential elections to Mohamed Mursi, the candidate backed by the Muslim Brotherhood. He travelled to the United Arab Emirates after Mursi was declared president in June.

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