Friday, 26 April 2013

Mixed fortunes for former Mubarak-era ministers

Two have been ordered released from custody because they have served the maximum two years in detention. But the former finance minister Youssef Boutros-Ghali has been given another 25-year sentence, on top of the 30-year sentence he is already serving, in absentia (he is living in London).
The Cairo Criminal Court acquitted the former housing minister Mohamed Ibrahim Soliman on charges of illegally allocating land for the Six of October Development and Investment Company (SODIC). He was ordered released from custody pending a re-trial. The former tourism minister Zuhair Garana has also been ordered released from custody.
The Cairo representative of the former Libyan regime, Ahmed Gaddafadam, has been charged with attempted murder while resisting arrest. The charges will delay any attempt by the current authorities in Tripoli to secure his extradition to face charges in Libya.
The authorities have ordered the detention of seven people for belonging to the Black Bloc, a group of street activists opposed to President Morsi who dress all in black and wear black masks. It is unclear how much support they enjoy.
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