Former Egypt finance minister gets life sentence
Cairo, April 23, 2013
Former Egyptian finance minister Youssef Boutros-Ghali was sentenced in absentia to life in prison in a corruption case on Tuesday, a Cairo criminal court source said.
Boutros-Ghali, whose uncle Boutros Boutros-Ghali was U.N. secretary general from 1992 to 1996, served as finance minister under deposed President Hosni Mubarak.
He fled the country and was convicted in absentia in 2011 in a separate graft case and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
In Tuesday's case, Boutros-Ghali had been accused of squandering 13 million Egyptian pounds ($1.9 million) of public funds in a transaction involving coupons used for the distribution of subsidised cooking gas.
Many former officials have been convicted on graft and other charges since Mubarak fell in a 2011 uprising, but long, complicated legal proceedings have highlighted the difficulties of transitional justice in the country.
Mubarak, 84, was convicted last June along with former Interior Minister Habib al-Adli of failing to prevent the killings of more than 800 demonstrators.
Mubarak and al-Adli were both sentenced to life in prison, but the highest appeals court has ordered a retrial. The case is facing a delay after the presiding judge withdrew this month. – Reuters
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