Former Egyptian PM Ahmed Shafiq left Emirates to Cairo

  • Former Egyptian PM Ahmed Shafiq left Emirates to Cairo

Former Egyptian PM Ahmed Shafiq left Emirates to Cairo

Former Egyptian premier and presidential hopeful Ahmed Shafiq has been detained for questioning upon arrival to Egypt, after he was deported from the UAE.

"Just because he announced he will run for president they deported him to Egypt and I don't know what will they do to him", she said.

"I had a meeting with Shafik an hour ago at one of the hotels in New Cairo and confirmed his health", Dina Adly wrote on Facebook on Sunday evening. "He confirmed that his health was good and that he was not subjected to any investigations", she wrote.

Shafiq, a career air force officer who served as the last prime minister under ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak, flew to Cairo from the Emirates on Saturday, ending almost five years of exile in the Gulf Arab nation.

Sahar Aziz, an associate professor of Law at Texas A&M University, said it was likely that there was some truth to Shafik's claim that he was barred from leaving the UAE.

Shafik's whereabouts are unknown his family said hours after he left the airport, and officials did not issue any statement about his location.

An aide said he was taken by officials from his home in the UAE, put on a private plane and told he would "go back to Cairo, because they can deport him only to his home country".

According to information by sources at Cairo's International Airport, when Shafiq's plane landed almost 50 family members and his loyalists met him at the airport.

It is the chief prosecutor's prerogative to investigate the complaint and, depending on his decision, refer Shafiq to trial. "We presented him with every facility and generous hospitality despite our severe reservations about some of his positions", Gargash said.

A spokesman for Egypt's foreign ministry did not immediately answer a call seeking details. He ran in Egypt's first free elections in 2012 and lost by a narrow margin to the Islamist Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood before fleeing the country to escape a litany of criminal charges that could have landed him in prison.

Several other low-profile candidates have said they would run as well.

A prominent military commander, he was appointed commander of the air force in 1996 and later minister of aviation in 2002.

Two private lawyers filed legal complaints against Shafiq with the public prosecutor in Egypt because an announcement linked to his election bid had been broadcast on Qatari-based Al Jazeera. He has also been accused of "destabilizing" Egypt.

"We have no information about a deportation order", the judicial source said. He was acquitted, or had charges dropped, in several cases in the past, including for corruption.

Shafik is not the only person planning to challenge Sisi in the presidential election.

But his government is struggling to crush the insurgency in the North Sinai region and has also enacted painful austerity reforms over the previous year to revive the economy which critics say have eroded his popularity.