Former Egyptian premier to stand trial

Sun, 17 Apr 2011 15:01:24 GMT
Judicial sources say that former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif will face trial on charges of corruption and use of violence against peaceful protesters.

The judicial sources said on Sunday that the former ministers of interior and finance would also stand trial in the coming weeks.

"The former prime minister, Ahmed Nazif, former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and former Finance Minister Yussef Boutros-Ghali will face trial, charged with misusing public funds and unlawful gains valued at 92 million Egyptian pounds (15 million dollars)," AFP quoted the source as saying.

Nazif was detained for questioning over corruption last week. Egypt's public prosecutor says that the former premier is suspected of illicit gains and graft.

Nazif, who acted as Hosni Mubarak's premier for more than five years, will be in custody for 15 days as part of an investigation into the squandering of public funds.

Sources say the assets of several former officials and ministers have also been frozen over corruption and abuse of power.

The former prime minister's arrest was announced shortly after Egypt's public prosecutor summoned former president Mubarak and his sons for questioning.

The Mubarak family is facing allegations of corruption as well as the use of violence against protesters.

Egypt's judicial officials say the former dictator could be executed if found guilty of ordering to shoot anti-government protesters.

Egyptian protesters say he must be tried for killing around 800 protesters during the country's popular uprising which led to his ouster on February 11.

On Saturday, an Egyptian court dissolved the former ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) of ousted president Mubarak and froze its assets.


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