Last Update 21:17
Thursday, 21 March 2019

Mubarak's oil minister freed after 23 months in jail

Egyptian former oil minister Sameh Fahmy has been released from jail pending retrial

Ahram Online, Thursday 28 Mar 2013
Former Egypt's oil minister, Sameh Fahmy (Photo: Reuters)
Views: 1698
Views: 1698

Egypt’s criminal court on Thursday released former minister of petroleum Sameh Fahmy as the court of cassation ordered his retrial over the Egypt-Israel gas case earlier this week.

Fahmy who served under toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has spent roughly 23 months in custody despite Egyptian criminal code saying the maximum period of detention waiting for the appeal is ranging between 6 and 18 months.

Egyptian Business tycoon Hussein Salem, currently in Spain, and Fahmy were both sentenced to 15 years in jail in June 2012 for squandering public funds in a gas deal with Israel.

Egypt agreed to provide Israel with natural gas in 2005 in a 20-year deal built on the landmark 1979 peace accords. The public prosecution claimed the agreement cost Egypt over $714 million.

Egypt unilaterally terminated its natural gas export contract with Israel in April 2012.

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

29-03-2013 12:37am
Compassion and reflection!
Where is the peace and compassion? What is so wrong with freeing an old & sick man? When will Egyptians have enough of revenge, maybe during the summer when we are out of gas, trudging along the boiling footpaths, arrive to find the elevator not working, trudge up 4 - 8 floors, no a/c, no fans, only warm water for refreshment, unable to recharge or go online, we might really be able to face reality, we unseated one dictator in order to elect a group of them, as they are so fond of telling us 'give us a chance, we have only been in power for 12 mths'! Give me a break, where is 'my bread, freedom and social justice', I can't live on just revenge!
Comment's Title

28-03-2013 03:29pm
Free Mubarak
While the judges at it, free Mubarak too. Egyptian media and justice system must be overhauled. Both are leading the ongoing counter revolution. Go ahead and dislike that a hundred times, MB is still the best alternative Egypt has.
Comment's Title

© 2010 Ahram Online.