Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Five years in prison for former Egyptian Minister of Tourism

Former Egyptian Tourism Minister Zoheir Garranah has been sentenced to five years in jail for wasting public funds, as reported on Tuesday a court official. It is the second holder 'was Mubarak' to suffer a penalty. A criminal court has issued a sentence of imprisonment and a fine after pleading guilty to deliver Garranah tourist licenses illegally, according to the source quoted by Reuters.

According to the newspaper "Al Ahram," the former minister was found guilty of corruption and violating the public bidding laws in the purchase of land for the resort of Ain Sohkna. Garranah is one of many former officials investigated for corruption since the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on 11 February after weeks of mass demonstrations against him.

The former prime minister, Ahmad Nazif, is also detained on charges of embezzlement.

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