Egyptian official held captive in his house in the UAE


Published: 2017-12-03 16:46

Last Updated: 2024-07-14 02:16

Ahmed Shafiq, former prime minister
Ahmed Shafiq, former prime minister

Ahmed Shafiq, former Egyptian prime minister, was arrested at his house by Emirati authorities and later on deported on a private plane to Egypt, Shafiq’s lawyer told BBC.

Shafiq, who announced his intention to run for Egypt’s next presidential elections in 2018, said in a televised speech that he was banned from travelling outside the UAE for no reason.

Before becoming actively involved in politics, Shafiq was the last prime minister under Mubarak’s regime.

He held office of the Egyptian Patriotic Movement, and ran up for the first presidential election after the 2011 revolution.

However, he lost the race to Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim brother candidate.

Shafiq was issued an arrest warrant in 2012, which led him to leave Egypt and reside in the UAE.