Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Convicted former Egyptian Minister of Tourism to 5 years in prison

Cairo .- A criminal court on Tuesday sentenced to five years in prison for former Egyptian Tourism Minister Zoheir Grana for unjust enrichment and misappropriation of funds, which is the second jail sentence against a member of the executive of the former regime. Judicial sources told Efe that with Grana were also sentenced in absentia to 5 years, two Egyptian businessmen, identified as Hisham Al Hussein Seguani Haziq and for having illegally privatized state land in the tourist resort of Hurghada, on the coast of Red Sea.

Grana is the second minister of the former regime of Hosni Mubarak sentenced to prison after the former Minister of Interior Habib al Adli was convicted last day 5 to 12 years in prison for money laundering and illicit enrichment. Following the resignation of Mubarak, who is being investigated, the main symbols of the old regime were arrested.

Many of them are in custody in Cairo's Tora prison. In addition to Mubarak, are in detention, among others, the two sons of former president, Gamal and Alaa, the secretary general of the powerful and now disbanded National Democratic Party Safwat El Sheriff, the parliament speaker Fathi Surur, or the chief of staff president, Zakaria Azmi.

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