Egypt court cancels 5-year verdict against Mubarak era housing minister

Ahram Online, Tuesday 18 Dec 2012

Mubarak era housing minister, Ahmed El-Maghrabi's five year sentence for illegal sale of land cancelled on Tuesday

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Egypt's former Housing Minister Ahmed el-Maghrabi arrives at court in a police vehicle in north Cairo February 23, 2011 (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt's Court of Cassation on Tuesday cancelled a verdict incriminating Mubarak era Minister of Housing Ahmed El-Maghrabi for squandering and profiteering from public funds, state news agency, MENA, reported.

In May 2011, El-Maghrabi was sentenced to five years in prison and fined for his part in an illegal land deal.

El-Maghrabi was found guilty of arranging the illegal sale of land to businessman Mounir Ghabbour, who later received a one-year suspended sentence.

Both were found guilty of wasting public funds and ordered to return a total of LE72 million ($12.6 million) to the state.

The Cassation Court ordered the retrial of the two defendants in front of a different criminal court.

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