Former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq denies kidnapping reports during a televised phone interview

| Updated Dec 04, 2017 at 10:55am



Former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq has been interviewed live on air via phone, denying reports that he has been kidnapped.

Mr Shafiq's family had voiced fears of foul play, saying they were unable to contact him after he landed in Egypt. He was deported from the UAE on Saturday after five years in exile.

The deportation came after Mr. Shafiq stated his intention to run for the presidency of Egypt in 2018. He said on TV he was now reconsidering the plan.

Mr Shafiq's family had issued a statement saying they had been unable to contact him after his arrival in Egypt. Then yesterday his lawyer, Dina Adly, released a short statement saying she had met Mr Shafiq in a hotel in Cairo.

Mr Shafiq fled to the UAE after losing the 2012 presidential election to Mohammed Morsi, who issued an arrest warrant for him on corruption charges.

Mr Morsi was later ousted by the military, and replaced by Abdul Fattah al-Sisi in 2014, while Mr Shafiq was acquitted of the charges.