Beaten candidate, under graft probe, leaves Egypt

June 26, 2012 15:55

CAIRO - Defeated presidential candidate Ahmed Shafik flew out of Egypt on Tuesday for a religious pilgrimage, aides said, a day after a prosecutor referred corruption lawsuits naming Shafik to an investigating judge.

Shafik's rival Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood was declared winner of a presidential run-off on Sunday. A judicial source said the general prosecutor had transferred graft cases against Shafik to the investigating judge on Monday.The lawsuits allege that Shafik, a former air force commander, was involved in corrupt land deals and other corruption during his time as civil aviation minister between 2002 and 2011, the source said.

The state news agency MENA said Shafik left Cairo airport unaccompanied on a United Arab Emirates airline early on Tuesday.

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