World Bulletin/News Desk
An Egyptian court on Sunday ordered the retrial of a Mubarak-era information minister over charges of financial corruption after the prosecution petitioned the light sentence issued against him, a judicial source said.
The Court of Cassation - Egypt's highest appellate court - on Sunday accepted the prosecution's appeal of a court verdict against former information minister Anas al-Fiqqi and ordered the retrial of the case.
Last February, a court gave al-Fiqqi a suspended sentence of one year imprisonment and fined him 1.8 million pounds (roughly $250,000) over charges of illicit gains and profiteering, a judicial source, who requested anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency.
Several Mubarak-era officials have recently been acquitted of financial corruption charges in a series of non-appealable verdicts, including steel tycoon Ahmed Ezz who paid a 100 million pound bail (about $14.3 million) - the biggest-ever bail sum in the country's legal history.
Last November, an Egyptian court cleared former president Hosni Mubarak of charges of conspiring in the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that removed him from power after 30 years.
The court also cleared Mubarak of corruption charges related to gas exports to Israel.
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