Egypt's Court of Cassation upholds acquittal of Mubarak's chief of staff Zakaria Azmy

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Saturday 5 Jan 2019

Zakaria Azmi
File Photo: Presidential chief of staff and leading NDP official, Zakaria Azmi lambasting government ministers in parliament over failure to deal with shark attacks (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt's Court of Cassation on Saturday upheld a ruling to acquit former president Hosni Mubarak's chief of staff Zakaria Azmy of charges of illicit gains.

The case dates back to 2012 when a criminal court first sentenced Mubarak's former chief of staff to seven years in jail on corruption charges.

Azmy was then fined EGP 36.5 million (worth approx. $6 million in 2012) after being found guilty of making illicit profits of some EGP 44 million. 

In February 2017, a Cairo criminal court released Azmy after he was found innocent of the charges.

The Court of Cassation turned down a prosecution appeal against the acquittal.

Saturday's court decision is final and cannot be appealed.

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