[QODLink]
Middle East
Former Mubarak aide jailed for corruption
Zakaria Azmi, who served as Hosni Mubarak's chief of staff, sentenced to seven years in jail on corruption charges.
Last Modified: 27 May 2012 11:20
Zakaria Azmi (left), Mubarak's chief of staff, was frequently seen at the former president's side [File/AFP]

A Cairo criminal court has sentenced former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's chief of staff to seven years in jail on corruption charges, Egypt's official news agency reports.

The court on Sunday also ordered Zakaria Azmi to pay a fine of 38 million Egyptian pounds (about $6.2m).

Azmi was jailed last year and put on trial in October, charged with illegal acquisition of funds.

The official Middle East News Agency said the court established that Azmi had used his position to make illicit gains of 42.6 million pounds ($7m).

An aide to Mubarak since 1989, 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 after the uprising that ended Mubarak's three-decade rule.

Mubarak himself faces a verdict on June 2 to determine whether or not he was involved in the killing of protesters during the 18-day revolt.

The sentence comes with vote counting under way in Egypt's first free presidential election, which is expected to lead to a runoff between Mubarak's last prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, and Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Mursi.

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Featured
Anti-government secrecy organisation struggling for relevance without Julian Assange at the helm.
After decades of overfishing, Japan is taking aim at increasing the number of bluefin tuna in the ocean.
Chinese scientists are designing a particle-smashing collider so massive it could encircle a city.
Critics say the government is going full-steam ahead on economic recovery at the expense of human rights.
Spirits are high in Scotland's 'Whisky Capital of the World' with one distillery thirsty for independence.
join our mailing list