Egypt requests Spain to extradite whistleblower Mohamed Ali over tax evasion, money laundry

Egypt has requested Spain to hand over former contractor turned whistleblower Mohamed Ali wanted for tax evasion and money laundry, reports say.
Ali who has accused the regime of Abdelfattah al-Sisi of corruption and lavish lifestyles and who sparked widespread protests last September, appeared in court in Barcelona on July 9 to answer the Egyptian demand for his extradition over tax evasion and money laundry charges.
he Egyptian prosecutor’s office has accused Ali of defrauding €7.6m (£6.9m) in three cases of fraudulent real-estate sales and a fourth for money-laundering, over 2006-2008 period, The Guardian reports.
Ali who has been living in the Spanish city for one year now, rejected charged and argued that he is innocent and the fraud allegations were genuine excuse by the Egyptian government to arrest and throw him in jail.
The court allowed Ali to go scot-free until next hearing slated for in 45 days.
Ali has become since last year thorny issue for the regime of President al-Sisi. The former contractor who worked for the military for 15 years made several Youtube videos in which he exposed the regime and the army corruption practices and lavish lifestyles.
The clips went viral and sparked important demonstrations in the North African which has banned public protests. Ali had sought to gather the Egyptian battered opposition but the dream quickly faded away as the government clapped down severely on the demonstrations.

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