A Paris court Wednesday rejected an application by French authorities to extradite an Egyptian banker, Alaya El Ayouti, to Cairo to stand trial on charges of "complicity in fraud," judicial officials said.
Judges said the Egyptian extradition order against the banker -- the wife of an opposition deputy who is currently in prison -- came after authorities in Cairo had already sentenced her in absentia to 15 years hard labor.
El Ayouti, 54, was arrested in Paris last December on a warrant issued the previous July by an appeals court judge in Cairo but was released on bail in April. She was tried by an Egyptian court in her absence last June.
The court lifted bail conditions and ordered the French Authorities to return El Ayouti's passport and the 500,000 franc ($65,000, 75,000 euro) deposit she had been obliged to present.— (AFP)
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