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Mubarak-era tourism minister slammed with 5 year sentence

The former Minister of Tourism appealed a three year sentence last year

Ahram Online , Saturday 15 Mar 2014
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Giza criminal court sentenced former tourism minister Zohair Garana to five years in prison.

The ex-minister, who served under ousted president Hosni Mubarak, is accused of facilitating the squandering of public funds to serve the interests of fugitive businessmen Hisham Al-Hazeq and Hussein Segwany.

Garana was granted a retrial in February 2013 following an appeal of a three year sentence ordered in 2011 for issuing licenses to tourism agencies owned by himself and his business acquaintances.

In a separate case, Garana was sentenced to five years in prison for corruption and violating auction laws regarding the purchase of land in the Red Sea resort of Ain Sokhna. He also appealed this verdict.

He was released pending trial in April 2013 after exceeding the 180 day limit on being detained with a pending trial in accordance with Egyptian law.
 

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