Middle East

Egypt's ex-housing minister sentenced to prison

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.





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