Egypt extradites 2 Qaddafi-era officials to Libya

Updated 26 March 2013

Egypt extradites 2 Qaddafi-era officials to Libya

CAIRO: Egyptian authorities on Tuesday proceeded with the extradition to Libya of two former regime officials wanted on charges of corruption, a judicial source told AFP.
Former Libyan ambassador Ali Maria and and Mohammed Ibrahim, the brother of senior Qaddafi-era official Ahmed Ibrahim, were arrested in Cairo on March 19 along with Muammar Qaddafi’s cousin Ahmed Qaddaf Al-Dam.
The two men were taken to Cairo’s airport where they were handed over to a Libyan official who arrived in a private plane accompanied by three guards, the source said.
Qaddaf Al-Dam remains in Egyptian custody after the prosecutor general ordered him detained for 30 days pending investigations into “several charges.”
The Libyan prosecutor’s spokesman, Taha Baara, has told AFP that Tripoli had issued an international arrest warrant for Qaddaf Al-Dam for “forging documents” while the other two were wanted for “financial crimes.”
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan told a news conference in Tripoli last week that Qaddaf Al-Dam was among “several elements of the old regime” arrested in Cairo and were wanted in Libya for “hostile acts” against the uprising that toppled Qaddafi’s regime.


Iranian hard-liners in parliament reject president’s nominee

Updated 56 min 54 sec ago

Iranian hard-liners in parliament reject president’s nominee

  • According to the parliament’s website, lawmakers rejected Hossein Modares Khiabani’s nomination for minister of trade and industries
  • Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf said the vote was 140-104 against the nominee

TEHRAN, Iran: Iranian hard-liners in parliament on Wednesday voted against President Hassan Rouhani’s nominee for trade minister in the first showdown between the rival camps since the house resumed work in May despite the struggles to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
According to the parliament’s website, lawmakers rejected Hossein Modares Khiabani’s nomination for minister of trade and industries.
Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf said the vote was 140-104 against the nominee. There were 254 lawmakers at the session and 10 abstained. The parliament has 290 seats.
The vote marked the first serious confrontation between the newly elected house, dominated by conservatives and the bloc of supporters of the relatively moderate Rouhani. Under the law, Rouhani must introduce new nominees to his Cabinet in the next three months.
Rouhani in May dismissed the trade and industry minister at the time, Reza Rahmani, as Iran faced an unprecedented economic downturn amid intense pressure from the United States after President Donald Trump pulled America out of Iran’s nuclear with world powers and reimposed sanctions on the country. Khiabani, 52, had since been the acting trade minister.
Iran is also grappling with the largest and deadliest outbreak of the coronavirus in the Middle East, with more than 331,000 confirmed cases and at least 18,800 deaths.