[QODLink]
Middle East

Egypt court upholds jail term for Morsi's PM

Qandil was sentenced in April for failing to implement a court ruling to renationalise a textile company.

Last Modified: 30 Sep 2013 13:43
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
In September, prosecutors ordered Qandil's assets to be frozen and prevented him from leaving Egypt [Reuters]

A Cairo appeals court has upheld a one-year sentence handed to former Egyptian prime minister Hisham Qandil, in the latest blow to ousted president Mohamed Morsi's inner circle.

Khaled Hassan, the judge at Monday's session, said the prison sentence must now be carried out.

Qandil is accused of failing to execute a court ruling ordering the annulment of a public company's sale and the reinstatement of its employees.

The sentence against Kandil related to a 2011 court ruling demanding the government repurchase textile company Tanta Flax and Oils from a Saudi Arabian investor who bought it in 2005.

Officials in the Kandil government had said renationalising state enterprises was not straightforward and the company had been broken up since it was sold to the foreign investor.

An unpopular prime minister, Qandil has kept a low profile since Morsi's overthrow by the army on July 3.

Earlier this month, prosecutors ordered the freezing of Qandil's assets and he was prevented from leaving the country pending the investigation.

Egypt's army-installed authorities have launched a massive crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood that has seen hundreds killed and more than 2,000 jailed.

Canadians' detention extended

On Sunday, the families of two Canadian citizens staging a hunger strike in an Egyptian prison said that authorities had extended the prisoners' detention by 45 days.

Tarek Loubani and John Greyson have been held without charges in Egypt since August 16, despite Canadian diplomatic pressure. The two said in a statement on Saturday that they had been beaten and subjected to degrading treatment since being detained at the height of violent protests in Cairo last month.

Lynne Yelich, a Canadian minister responsible for consular affairs, said on Sunday that the government is "disappointed" that the two will stay in custody longer.

Loubani, a physician, and Greyson, a filmmaker, were trying to make their way to Gaza when they went to watch the
protests by supporters of ousted President Morsi a few blocks away from their hotel.

Morsi, Egypt's first elected president, is himself in jail, as is the leadership of his Muslim Brotherhood movement.

346

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.