Ex-Egyptian president`s chief charged

Zakariya Azmi, one of Egypt`s powerful officials under Mubarak, has been charged with corruption.

Updated: Aug 18, 2011, 11:42 AM IST

Cairo: Egypt`s official news agency says deposed president Hosni Mubarak`s chief of staff has been charged with corruption and abuse of power.

The Justice Ministry said Zakariya Azmi, one of Egypt`s most powerful officials under Mubarak, will be tried in a criminal court on charges of "misuse of power, authority of his post and his membership in Parliament."

Azmi is charged of "accumulation of wealth in a way beyond what he could have earned from his legitimate sources of income”, Egypt`s Middle East News Agency reported on Wednesday.

Azmi is among dozens of top Mubarak`s officials who are in a Cairo prison, facing trial over similar charges. Mubarak himself is on trial on charges of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters. He could face the death penalty.
Bureau Report