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Egyptians hedging on extradition of London bombing detainee

[JURIST] Egyptian security officials hedged Saturday on their willingness to comply with a request by British officials for the extradition of Magdy Mahmoud Mustafa el-Nashar, currently detained in Cairo in connection with the July 7 bombings in London [JURIST report]. Egypt and Britain do not have an extradition treaty, and comments from Egyptian Prosecutor General Maher Abdel Wahed about a possible "quid-pro-quo" exchange seem to suggest a desire on the part of the Egyptian government to gain extradition of Egyptian nationals living in Britain as refugees. Britain has repeatedly turned down requests by Egypt for such an extradition, citing concern for Egypt's human rights record [Amnesty International report]. Nashar was arrested Thursday and investigators have found traces of explosives in his bathtub; he is currently being questioned by Egyptians under British observation. AP has more.

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