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Morsi's PM Hisham Qandil released

Hisham Qandil's release comes after he spent seven months in jail

Ahram Online, Tuesday 15 Jul 2014
Hisham Qandil
File Photo: Hisham Qandil (Photo: Reuters)
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Former prime minister Hisham Qandil was released Tuesday after the prison's authorities sent a letter to the prosecution affirming that he was not facing other charges, reported Al-Ahram Arabic news website.

On Sunday, a Cairo court has accepted the appeal presented by ex-prime minster and annulled his one-year jail sentence.

In September 2013 the Cairo Misdemeanour Court upheld a ruling against Qandil sentencing him to one year in prison for failing to implement an administrative court's verdict ordering the re-nationalisation of the Tanta Flax and Oil Company.

Qandil's release was expected by his attorney and the prosecution as the former cabinet head was not implicated in any other cases.

A source revealed to Ahram that Qandil will be released from Dokki police station.

Qandil was appointed Egypt's prime minster by deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in August 2012 and remained in office until Morsi's ouster on 3 July. He was arrested in December 2013 during what the interior ministry described as an attempt to flee the country to Sudan.

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20-07-2014 05:36am
Farewell to the Egyptian people
It's premature to judge what's happening in Egypt, I can only say from what I observed this summer when I visited this country, that the justice system being used only to silence any political opposition in this country. Otherwise, criminals and law crooks have free hands to do what they like under the nose of its government. Examples are the sky scrapers being built everywhere in narrow lanes which turned streets into tunnels, with no sunlight, air, sufficient water, sewage or space for traffic for these communities. One wonders why municipal laws are being violated in this country which is being ruled by executive orders throughout its history.
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