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Mubarak-era minister to stand trial on graft charges
Former Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosni (file photo)
Former Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosni (file photo)
Wed Sep 5, 2012 2:43AM
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We decided to send Farouk Hosni to a criminal court on charges of accomplishing illegal gains estimated at 18 million Egyptian pounds ($2.95 million)."

Assem al-Gohary, the head of the Illicit Gains Authority

Former Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosni has been charged with making illicit gains during his service under ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak.


"We decided to send Farouk Hosni to a criminal court on charges of accomplishing illegal gains estimated at 18 million Egyptian pounds ($2.95 million)," Reuters quoted Assem al-Gohary, the head of the Illicit Gains Authority, as saying on Tuesday.

After serving under Mubarak for 23 years, the former culture minister joined other Mubarak-era officials who are facing prosecution on corruption charges.

The decision to refer Hosni to the court was made almost four months after officials began investigating his financial dealings.

Last week, Ahmed Shafiq, Mubarak’s last prime minister, was put on a travel ban list over “illegal allocation of 40,000 square meters of land” for Mubarak's sons, Alaa and Gamal.

The Egyptians launched a revolution against the pro-Israeli regime in January 2011, which eventually brought an end to the 30-year dictatorship of former President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.

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