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Qatar hosts ex-Mubarak aides who allegedly fled Egypt flush with country's cash

CAIRO — Qatar has granted asylum to leading aides of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.


Officials said scores of senior members of the Mubarak regime were believed to have fled to Qatar in mid-2011. They said Qatar has provided the former Mubarak aides with haven and in some cases diplomatic privileges.

"Some of them fled Egypt with hundreds of millions of dollars stolen from the state treasury," an official said.

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Egypt has been pressing Qatar to extradite some of the Mubarak aides. Officials cited former Finance Minister Yusef Boutros-Ghali and former Trade Minister Rachid Mohammed Rachid.

Both former ministers fled Egypt during the last days of the revolution in February. Egyptian Deputy Interior Minister Ahmed Gamal El Din said Boutros-Ghali and Rachid arrived in Qatar after a stay of several months in Britain.

Officials said the military regime in Cairo has also been discussing extradition of leading industrialists aligned with Mubarak who fled Egypt in early 2011. They said many of them were believed to have found haven in the United Arab Emirates.

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