Egyptian security forces have arrested the former prime minister of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, who was sentenced to one year in jail for failing to implement a court ruling to renationalise a textile firm.

"Security forces managed to arrest Hisham Kandil, former prime minister, in carrying out a court order issued against
him," Egypt's interior ministry said on Tuesday in a written statement. 

"He was caught in a mountain area with smugglers trying to flee to Sudan." 

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Kandil was appointed in July 2012 by Morsi after he won Egypt's first truly democratic elections that followed the fall
of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Morsi was ousted by the army in July. 

The judgment against Kandil was issued in April 2012, while Morsi was still in office and was upheld by a higher court in

The case related to the sale during the Mubarak era of a state-owned firm to a private investor.

The army-led government had launched a fierce crackdown on Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group and its allies in which hundreds have been killed and thousands injured.

At least 15 people were killed in an alleged suicide bomb attack on a security compound in Nile Delta on Tuesday, in the most recent attack that has became common in Egypt after the ouster of Morsi.

Source: Agencies