Court gives Egyptian interior minister 2 year jail sentence

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din, Monday 27 May 2013

Minister Mohamed Ibrahim will appeal the ruling against him for failing to pay compensation to two political prisoners

Egypt's interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim (Photo: Al-Ahram)

A Cairo criminal court sentenced Egypt's Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim to two years in prison on Monday on charges of refusing to implement a court ruling.

The court also ruled that the minister should be removed from his post.

A ministry source however revealed in a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior (MOI) later that both rulings were ordered in absentia and an appeal is planned to be filed against them.

The statement further added that all of the court’s rulings that has ordered financial compensations prior to the January 25 revolution are all being implemented.

Egypt's Administrative Court had ruled previously that the interior ministry should pay LE 25,000 worth of compensation each to two political prisoners who had been released.

However, both men, Abd El-Aleim Fahim and Ali Mohamed, filed a case against Ibrahim for not paying the compensation.

Ibrahim can appeal the Monday ruling against him.

Ibrahim assumed his office as Egypt's interior minister in January 2013.

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