New Delhi: An Egyptian doctor, against whom a red corner notice was issued by the Arab nation and was arrested in Mumbai, has been sent to judicial custody till April 19 by a Delhi court, which will also consider the issue of extraditing him.
49-year-old Hossam Abd el-Fattah Tawfiq Mohammed, a member of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood organisation, was sentenced to life imprisonment along with 528 others by an Egyptian court. He was arrested by the Mumbai Police from the airport on the basis of the red corner notice and a global arrest warrant.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Shunali Gupta sent him to judicial custody and posted the matter for a hearing scheduled on April 19 to consider whether to extradite him, after his counsel sought time to argue in the matter.
"He (Hossam) has been produced. The application... coupled with the international warrant of arrest, the transit remand order issued by Mumbai Police and RCL issued by Egypt. Copy of the application has been supplied to the counsel for the FC (fugitive criminal).
"She seeks time to file reply. Reply be filed by next date of hearing with advance copy to opposite party at least three days prior to next date of hearing. Let FC be taken into custody till April 19," the court said while allowing the plea moved by advocate N K Matta, who appeared for the Ministry of External Affairs.
Matta also informed the court that the formal request for Hossam's extradition has been received from Egypt authorities.
The application said the Arabian nation had sent an international warrant for Hossam's arrest to the MEA.
Meanwhile, Hossam has also moved a bail application which will be heard on April 19.
The court also directed the jail authorities to provide him necessary medical treatment as he complained of some ailment.
"The jail superintendent is directed to take note of this fact and he be referred to the jail doctor or any other other specialty department if required," the court said.
Hossam was arrested on March 24 by Mumbai police at the airport there, in pursuance to the notice issued against him by Arab Republic of Egypt.