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Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:38PM
Egypt's defeated presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq

Egypt's defeated presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq

Egypt's defeated presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq has left the country just after a probe has been launched into his handling of funds under the former regime. Shafiq, who lost the June runoff vote to the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi, flew to the United Arab Emirates in the early hours of Tuesday, AFP quoted an unnamed Cairo airport official as saying. He was reportedly accompanied by his three daughters and grandchildren. The departure of Shafiq, who served as the last prime minister under ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak, came hours after the country's prosecutor general opened a corruption investigation against him. The inquiry will look into allegations that Shafiq wasted public funds during the eight years he held office as the civil aviation minister under Mubarak. Meanwhile, rights activists accuse the attorney general of making attempts to hold back some 35 corruption cases against Shafiq by re-transferring them to a military court. Earlier, Egypt's former intelligence chief and Vice President Omar Suleiman also left the country for the UAE. MRS/JR