Egypt court acquits three ex-ministers
An Egyptian court on Tuesday acquitted three former ministers and sentenced an ex-trade minister to five years as the latest efforts to bring former corrupt figures to justice, Xinhua reported.
The Cairo Criminal Court acquitted former information minister Anas el-Fikki and former finance minister Boutrous Ghali of charges of squandering some 36 million Egyptian pounds (about 6.1 million U.S. dollars) from the state and spending them in media campaign in previous elections, Egypt's MENA news agency reported.
Former housing minister Ahmed el-Maghrabi was also acquitted of land sale charges, it added.
The court sentenced former trade minister Rashid Mohamed Rashid in absentia to five years in prison for profiteering and squandering public funds. But in another case, the ex-minister who fled the country during the political turmoil in late January and February, had been sentenced to five years over corruption charges in June.
Youssef Boutros Ghali was sentenced to 30 years in prison in absentia on corruption charges on June 4.
In May, former Interior Minister Habib Ibrahim el-Adli was sentenced to 12 years in jail, while former Tourism Minister Zuheir Garranah and Housing Minister Ahmed al-Maghrabi got five years in prison respectively.
Egyptian activists have been calling for speedy trials of the corrupt figures of the former regime.