Egyptian court acquits Mubarak's closest aides

Mubarak's former chief of staff was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined $6 million over illegal gains


Reuters February 25, 2017
Egypt's deposed president Hosni Mubarak waves from behind the accused cage during his trial on May 21, 2014 in Cairo. PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO: A Cairo court acquitted one of deposed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's closest aides in a retrial in a corruption case, state news agency MENA reported on Saturday.

While courts have absolved several Mubarak-era officials, they have been handing down lengthy sentences to liberal and Islamic activists in cases ranging from protesting to committing acts of violence.

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Zakaria Azmi, Mubarak's former chief of staff, was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2012 and fined 36.4 million Egyptian pounds ($6 million) on charges of making illegal gains.

But in 2013, the appeals court ordered a retrial in that case, and a separate criminal court ordered his release.

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