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Court upholds ten years prison sentence against Mubarak-era finance minister

Youssef Boutrous Ghali fled Egypt in February 2011 to Beirut and then moved to the UK, where he lives currently

Ahram Online , Sunday 28 Mar 2021
Youssef Boutros Ghali
Former finance minister Youssef Boutros Ghali
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A Cairo Criminal upheld a 10-year-prison-sentence in absentia against Mubarak-era Finance Minister Youssef Boutrous Ghali in the case dubbed in the media as the ‘German licence plates deal case’.

Ghali was found guilty of squandering public funds.

The criminal court sentenced Ghali to ten years in prison in absentia in 2010 along with former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif, who got a suspended one year in prison-sentence, and former Interior Minister Habib El-Adly.

Nazif was accused of granting a German company a contract worth EGP 92 million to manufacture car licence plates for the Ministry of Interior through a direct order rather than a public auction as stipulated by law.

El-Adly and Ghali were accused of complicity in the deal.

Ghali served as finance minister under former president Hosni Mubarak from 2004 to 2011. He fled Egypt in February 2011 to Beirut and then moved to the UK, where he lives currently.

There is no extradition deal between Egypt and the UK.

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