CAIRO - The Egyptian state prosecutor decided on Sunday to extradite to Libya two former regime officials wanted on charges of corruption, a judicial source told AFP. Former Libyan ambassador Ali Maria and and Mohammed Ibrahim, the brother of senior Gaddafi-era official Ahmed Ibrahim, were arrested in Cairo on March 19 along with Moamer Gaddafi's cousin Ahmed Qaddaf al-Dam. The prosecutor general had ordered Qaddaf al-Dam detained for 30 days pending investigations into "several charges."

The Libyan prosecutor's spokesman, Taha Baara, told AFP at the time that Tripoli had issued an international arrest warrant for Qaddaf al-Dam for "forging documents" while the other two were wanted for "financial crimes."

Egyptian prosecutor Talaat Abdallah decided to hand Maria and Ibrahim to the Egyptian branch of Interpol who would then extradite them to Libya, the judicial source said.

Abdullah took the decision after wrapping up the legal procedure for their extradition, the source added.