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Mubarak`s former aide jailed for corruption

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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