Spain orders extradition of Mubarak associate

Spain's National Court has ordered the extradition to Egypt of a close associate to ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak who was being held in Spain on suspicion of money laundering and corruption.

Hussein Salem was arrested in a wealthy Madrid suburb in June and $47 million of his possessions were frozen as police also seized homes worth $14 million, including some in the jet-set resort of Marbella.

The money was allegedly obtained illegally in Egypt and sent to Salem's family accounts in Spain, the court order said Friday.

Salem left Egypt a week before Mubarak was forced to resign in February 2011, and protesters have pressed for the prosecution of Mubarak and his cronies for years of alleged abuse and corruption.