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Mubarak-era culture minister referred to Egypt criminal court

Egypt's Farouq Hosni to face accusations that he used position as goverment minister to illegally amass some LE9 million

Ahram Online, Tuesday 4 Sep 2012
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File photo: Egypt's former Culture Minister Farouq Hosni gestures while attending the South American and Arab countries' meeting of Culture Ministers in Rio de Janeiro. May 21, 2009 ( Photo: AP)
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Former Egyptian culture minister Farouq Hosni was referred to a criminal court on Tuesday by Judge Ahmed El-Gohary, head of Egypt's Illicit Gains Authority, where he will face accusations that he used his government position to illegally acquire some LE9 million (roughly $1.4 million).

In February of last year, in the wake of former president Hosni Mubarak's ouster, the deposed president's long-serving culture minister – together with other former ministers – was slapped with a travel ban.

Hosni currently faces charges related to administrative corruption.

A number of Mubarak-era ministers have already received substantial prison sentences, including former interior minister Habib El-Adli, former housing ministers Ahmed El-Maghrabi and Ibrahim Soliman, former tourism minister Zuheir Garana, former petroleum minister Sameh Fahmy, and former prime ministers Atef Ebeid and Ahmed Nazif.

Other pre-revolution government ministers that currently face trials in absentia include former finance minister Youssef Botrous-Ghali and former trade minister Rachid Mohamed Rachid. 

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