CORRECTED - New charges against Egypt ex-information minister

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Posted: May 28, 2011 11:33 AM
CORRECTED - New charges against Egypt ex-information minister

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt charged former Information Minister Anas el-Fekky on Saturday with "deliberately causing financial harm" to the state-run Radio and Television Union, the state prosecutor said.

It was the second indictment issued against Fekky since he was forced out of office after President Hosni Mubarak was toppled in a popular uprising in February.

The prosecutor said Fekky was referred to a criminal court in Cairo on charges of depriving the Radio and Television Union, which he ran, of about $1.9 million in profits by exempting private television stations from fees for live broadcasts of the 2009-2010 football season and the start of the 2010-2011 season.

It said Fekky had done this to further his "personal interests as part of an attempt to impose his control and media policies on these stations," at a time when the radio and television union had debts of around 14 billion Egyptian pounds ($2.4 billion).

Fekky was detained in February on suspicion of profiteering and wasting public funds. In March, prosecutors indicted him after investigations showed he had demanded 36 million pounds from the finance minister for media expenses for parliamentary elections and for media campaigns to promote Mubarak's achievements.

(Corrects figure to $1.9 million from $1.8 billion, para 3)

(Writing by Sami Aboudi, editing by Tim Pearce)