The Constitutional Court of Spain issued a judgement saying it will not extradite Hussein Salem to Egypt.
The Spanish court stated that Egypt, “did not offer sufficient guarantees” that Salem would be safe from harm or ill-treatment. In fact the court stated that, “strong evidence was provided that in the current situation, Egypt is a country where gross violations of human rights still persist.”
The judgement casts doubt on the likelihood that Salem would receive a fair trial with due process.
In reaction to this, head of the Illicit Gains Authority, Yahia Gelal, has demanded that Spain return the €5 million to Egypt that was paid by an associate of Salem to bail him out of jail. State run news agency Al-Ahram also reported that Gelal was continuing his pursuit of extradition.
Salem fled Egypt during last year’s revolution that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak, to whom Salem was a confidant.
While in exile, Salem was sentenced by an Egyptian court to seven years in jail. Along with his son and daughter, the Salem family was also fined over $4 billion.