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Egypt extradites two former Libya officials

Egyptian authorities on Tuesday extradited two former Libyan officials from the regime of Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], ex-Cairo ambassador Ali Maria, and another ex-official, Mohammed Ibrahim Gadhafi, back to their home country. Both were arrested on corruption charges [AFP report] a week ago with Gaddafi's cousin Ahmed Qaddaf al-Dam, who was arrested [JURIST report] at his home in central Cairo by Libyan forces. Qaddaf al-Dam is still in detention in Egypt. Egyptian prosecutor Talaat Abdallah decided to give Maria and Ibrahim to Egypt's Interpol [official website] to be extradited to Libya.

The potential prosecution of Qaddaf al-Dam and these extraditions mark the latest in a series of trials concerning those responsible for the Gaddafi regime following the uprising in Libya. Libyan authorities plan to gain control of Qaddaf al-Dam and prosecute him. The trial of 40 former Libyan officials [JURIST report] began earlier in March in al-Zawiya. In January Gaddafi's son appeared for the first time in court [JURIST report] in Zintan, Libya. In November the trial of former Libyan prime minister [JURIST report] Al Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi began.

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