CAIRO: The International Criminal Police Organization, or Interpol, arrested on Monday former Egyptian finance minister Youssef Boutros Ghali in Paris after he arrived from London, on an international warrant over corruption charges relating to his time in former President Hosni Mubarak’s government, according to media reports.
An arrest warrant had been issued by the Egyptian Interpol following the January 25 Revolution, MENA reported.
Brigadier General Magdy al-Shafie, head of Interpol in Egypt, said earlier that the French authorities formally notified Egyptian Interpol they had arrested Ghali at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, Youm7 reported.
However the 61-year-old former minister denied news about his detention in Paris during a phone call with the Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper.
In June 2011, an Egyptian criminal court sentenced the former official to 30 years in jail in absentia and sacked him from his post.
The court also ruled that he pay a fine for charges of spending about 36 million EGP in state funds allocated for the reserves of strategic goods and services, MENA reported.