Former Egyptian tourism minister Garana gets three additional years in prison

Ahram Online, Sunday 18 Sep 2011

Cairo’s criminal court sentenced Egypt's tourism minister under the deposed Mubarak regime, Zohair Garana, to an additional three years in jail for illegally issuing travel agency licenses

Zohair Garana
Zohair Garana

Cairo’s criminal court sentenced Zohair Garana, former minister of tourism under toppled president Hosni Mubarak, to three years in jail after he was found guilty of issuing licenses to tourism companies, despite being stripped of that authority and banned from doing so.

He was, however, found not guilty of causing deliberate damage to others’ interests, another charge he faced.

Garana had previously been handed a five-year prison sentence after being found guilty of corruption and violation of auction laws when he bought land in Ain Sokhna, a Red Sea resort town.

The financial assets of the Garana’s family were frozen for months, pending investigations into further accusations against them of illicit profiteering, but the decision was revoked midway through August.

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