Mubarak aide Salem hospitalised after Spain arrest

MADRID Sat Jun 18, 2011 1:54pm BST

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MADRID (Reuters) - A top aide to former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been taken to a hospital in Spain after being arrested on a international warrant for alleged corruption, a medical source said on Saturday.

Hussein Salem, a businessman accused of squandering Egyptian public funds by selling gas to Israel below market prices, was admitted for heart problems on Friday, a day after his arrest, a judicial source said.

The hospital declined to comment on Salem's condition.

Egyptian state news agency MENA said on Thursday that Salem, who also holds Spanish citizenship, had fled the country on February 3, eight days before Mubarak was forced to step down.

Spain set separate bails of 12 million euros (10.6 million pounds) and 15 million euros for Salem, who was arrested along with a son, Khaled Salem, and Turkish businessman Ali Evsen.

Spain's High Court said the three faced charges of money laundering, fraud, bribery and corruption in international trade transactions. Assets worth more than 42.5 million euros have been seized by Spanish police in the case.

(Reporting by Paul Day; Editing by Dan Williams)

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