CAIRO: A Cairo court has convicted and sentenced former President Hosni Mubarak's ex-housing minister to eight years in prison for corruption.
Egypt's MENA state news agency says Mohammed Ibrahim Suleiman was found guilty of squandering public funds, profiteering and illegally seizing a large swath of land.
MENA says the court on Thursday also sentenced businessman Magdi Rasekh in absentia to three years in prison in the same case. Rasekh is the father-in-law of Alaa Mubarak, the former dictator's eldest son.
Suleiman and Rasekh were fined nearly 2 billion Egyptian pounds ($330 million) combined.
Suleiman's case is one of many involving ex-Mubarak Cabinet ministers and close associates who have been charged since last year's popular uprising that forced Mubarak from power.