Egypt jails second former cabinet minister

Zoheir Garranah sentenced for squandering public funds days after ex-interior minister got 12 years for graft.

     Garranah is the second ex-minister to be jailed in the ongoing push to bring Mubarak-era officials to justice [AFP]

    Egyptian authorities have jailed a second former cabinet minister for five years for squandering public funds, a judicial source said on Tuesday.

    Zoheir Garranah, who headed the tourism portfolio, was found guilty of handing out tourism licences illegally, the source said.

    Garranah's sentencing comes days after former interior minister Habib al-Adly was jailed for 12 years for money laundering and corruption. Al-Adly faces a second trial on charges of ordering police to shoot protesters, as well as a further corruption charge.

    Egypt's military council, which has run the country since Hosni Mubarak was toppled in February, has said it wants to crack down on abuses of power and corruption.

    The convictions of the two men come as Mubarak and his sons are being quizzed for abuse of office.

    Reports say Egyptian public prosecutor has extended detention of Mubarak on corruption-related charges by 15 days. Office of the prosecutor general has yet to issue a statement officially verifying the extension.

    About a dozen other former top Mubarak-era officials, including a former prime minister, the speakers of parliament's two chambers have also been detained on suspicion of corruption.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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