Egyptian court sentences Mubarak-era figure Safwat El-Sherif to three years in prison over illicit gains

Ahram Online , Sunday 9 Sep 2018

Mubarak regime strongman Safwat el-Sherif (Photo: Ahram Online archive)

The Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Mubarak-era politician Safwat El-Sherif to three years in prison and an EGP 99 million ($5.5 million) fine in a retrial on Sunday over illicit gain charges.

The court acquitted El-Sherif’s son in the same retrial, overturning a Court of Cassation decision from May 2016 that handed a five-year jail sentence and an EGP 209 million fine (approximately $11.7 million) against El-Sherif and his son over corruption charges during Mubarak’s era, before ordering a retrial in December 2016.

The Mubarak strongman era can still appeal the sentence.

El-Sherif held various public posts under Mubarak, including head of Egypt's State Information Body, the head of the Egyptian Radio and Television Union, a role as the Information Minister, and the speaker of Egypt's upper house in parliament, which was abolished in 2014.

In 2012, a court acquitted El-Sherif and other high-level Mubarak figures of organising the so-called "Battle of the Camel," a deadly mob attack against anti-regime protesters during the 18-day uprising in 2011 that eventually toppled Mubarak.

Many Mubarak-era figures have been pushing to reach settlements in corruption cases with the Egyptian government, including business tycoon Hussien Salem in 2016 and steel mogul Ahmed Ezz earlier this year.

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