CAIRO, April 22 (RAPSI), Rafael Daminov - A Cairo court has ruled that a criminal case be opened against Ahmed Gaddaf al-Dam, the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's cousin, who is suspected of attempted murder, resisting arrest and illegal possession of weapons, court representatives told journalists on Sunday.
Al-Dam, the former coordinator between Gaddafi and the Egyptian leadership, was put on Interpol's wanted list at the request of the Libyan government and was detained in Egypt in mid March. He resisted arrest when the police closed in on him.
Al-Dam has been accused of financial fraud and complicity in the ousted governments crimes. He was detained for 30 days for investigation and sent to the Torah prison near Cairo.
The Libyan government has requested al-Dam's extradition.
However, the Administrative Court of Cairo stopped the extradition on Gaddaf al-Dam's appeal to certify that he is Egyptian by nationality. Al-Dam evidently believes that an Egyptian nationality is sufficient argument against his extradition to Libya. He claims that his parents were Egyptian nationals, although his father came from the Libyan tribe Gaddadfa and al-Dam himself was born in northern Libya.
On March 26, Egypt extradited former Libyan ambassador to Cairo Ali Mohamed al-Amin Maria and former Libyan finance official Mohamed Ibrahim Mansour to Tripoli over corruption charges by the Libyan authorities. They were detained in Cairo together with al-Dam.