Egypt court sentences former trade minister to 5 years jail

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Posted: Jun 25, 2011 8:33 AM
Egypt court sentences former trade minister to 5 years jail

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court convicted former Trade Minister Rachid Mohamed Rachid in absentia on Saturday and sentenced him to 5 years in prison for profiteering and squandering public funds, state news agency MENA said.

The court also ordered him to pay 9.385 million Egyptian pounds ($1.57 million) in fines, MENA added.

(Reporting by Sherine El Madany, editing by Alistair Lyon)