Mubarak`s former aide jailed for corruption
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Last Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2012, 23:12
Cairo: A close aide of former Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak was on Sunday jailed for seven years by a criminal court on charges of corruption.

Zakaria Azmi, who served as the chief of staff during Mubarak's tenure, was also asked to pay a fine of USD 6.05 million for misusing power to get undue economic benefits, the Ahram Online reported.

Known as a powerful and influential figure in Mubarak's circle, Azmi, who was with the deposed leader since 1989, was detained in April last year and was put on trial in October.

The court also fined Azmi's wife Bahia Halawa of same amount. His brother-in-law, Gamal Halawa, was also sentenced in absentia to a year in prison.

Azmi was considered an influential figure in the presidency and in the now-dissolved National Democratic Party.

He joins a host of former ministers and officials handed jail sentences following a sweeping investigation into corruption allegations after the uprising that ended Mubarak's three decade rule.

The verdict comes a week before Mubarak himself is due to be sentenced after a trial in which he faced charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during the popular uprising that toppled his regime last year.

Mubarak's two sons are with him in the case and like their father face corruption charges.


First Published: Sunday, May 27, 2012, 20:56

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