Published April 03, 2013
CAIRO – Egypt's state news agency says an Egyptian court has ruled against the extradition to Libya of a former close aide of ousted dictator Muammar Qaddafi.
Ahmed Qaddaf al-Dam, a relative of Qaddafi who for decades coordinated 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 Qaddafi's death in 2011. Libya has already asked Egypt to handover around 100 other former regime officials.
The news agency said Egypt's Administrative Court suspended Wednesday the extradition procedures, saying al-Dam should be tried in Egypt.