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Mubarak-era culture minister cleared of corruption

Farouq Hosni cleared by court of administrative corruption charges related to his time as culture minister during Mubarak era

Ahram Online, Thursday 13 Sep 2012
Farouk Hosni
Ex-minister Hosni at the Pyramids (Photo: AP)
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Egypt's former culture minister Farouq Hosni was on Thursday cleared by a court in Cairo of administrative corruption charges.

After the verdict, Farouq Hosni called Ahram Online to express his thanks to God for his acquittal and to express his confidence in the Egyptian judicial system.

“Today's verdict was a triumph for justice and I proved the legitimacy of my sources of income. I never profiteered during my time as culture minister," Hosni said.

"I never failed to prove the sources of my income," he asserted.

Hosni was accused of using his government position to illegally accumulate wealth during his time in office.

The trial began on 4 September.

An investigation by the Illicit Gains Authority showed Hosni had not committed any of the alleged offences.

Hosni's frozen assets of LE9 million ($1.5 million) were unfrozen by the court.

The former culture minister, along with other former ministers, was placed under a travel ban following the January 25 Revolution.

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

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