Egypt Mubarak-era minister jailed for corruption

AP News
Posted: Sep 18, 2011 7:00 AM
Egypt Mubarak-era minister jailed for corruption

An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced a Hosni Mubarak-era Cabinet minister to three years in prison after convicting him of corruption.

Businessman and former Tourism Minister Zohair Garanah is already serving a five-year jail term for allowing investors to illegally acquire state land. His first sentence was passed by a Cairo court on May 10.

Under Egyptian law, he will serve the longer of the two sentences.

Garanah's latest conviction followed the sentencing on Thursday of steel magnate Ahmed Ezz to 10 years in prison after his conviction of corruption. Ezz was a powerful insider in Mubarak's now-dissolved ruling party and a close aide to Mubarak's younger son and one-time heir apparent Gamal.

Former Trade Minister Rachid Mohammed Rachid, who is at large, was also sentenced Thursday to 15 years in the same case as Ezz's.

Mubarak, Gamal and the former president's older son Alaa are on trial.

Mubarak is charged with complicity in the killing of more than 800 protesters during the 18-day uprising that toppled his 29-year regime in February. In the same trial, Mubarak and his two sons have been charged with corruption.

Mubarak's security chief Habib el-Adly became the first of some two dozen detained regime leaders to be convicted. He was sentenced on May 5 to 12 years for money laundering and other corruption charges.

Mubarak, el-Adly and six top police officers are on trial for their part in the killing of the protesters.

(This version CORRECTS that Ezz's conviction was Thursday, not Friday.)