Mubarak-era information minister cleared by court

The Cairo Criminal Court on Tuesday acquitted former information minister Anas al-Fiqqi of charges of wasting 10 million Egyptian pounds (roughly $1.4 million) of the state-run Radio and Television Union (RTU)'s budget.

Mubarak-era information minister cleared by court

World Bulletin/News Desk

The Cairo Criminal Court on Tuesday acquitted former information minister Anas al-Fiqqi of charges of wasting 10 million Egyptian pounds (roughly $1.4 million) of the state-run Radio and Television Union (RTU)'s budget.

Following the January 2011 revolution, the prosecution accused al-Fiqqi, the last information minister under toppled president Honsi Mubarak, of granting the broadcast rights of the local football league to satellite channels, thereby depriving the RTU of some 10 million pounds worth of revenue.

In September 2011, the former minister was slapped with a seven-year jail term.

The verdict was quashed in an appeal and a retrial ordered.

Al-Fiqqi is one of the very few symbols of the Mubarak regime still behind bars, after most were cleared of all charges over the past year.

Last Mod: 30 Temmuz 2013, 17:35
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