Egyptian court orders retrial for former premier in graft case
Egypt's highest court Thursday revoked a jail sentence against former prime minister Ahmed Nazif on graft charges and ordered a retrial, the latest in a series of retrials for officials from the regime of toppled president Hosny Mubarak, dpa reported.
A criminal court sentenced Nazif to three years in prison in September and ordered him to pay a fine of 4.58 million Egyptian pounds (654,000 dollars) on charges of making illegal gains.
No date was set for the retrial, and the Court of Cassation did not immediately release its opinion on the case.
Nazif served as prime minister from 2004 until early 2011 when Mubarak sacked the cabinet to try to end mass protests against his rule. Mubarak was eventually forced to step down in February 2011.
In January this year, the Court of Cassation accepted appeals from Mubarak and his interior minister Habib al-Adli against their life sentences and ordered a retrial for them on charges of alleged complicity in killing protesters. The retrial began in April.