Egypt jails former Mubarak prime minister for corruption

CAIRO (AFP) - An Egyptian court sentenced a former prime minister of ousted president Hosni Mubarak Wednesday to five years in prison for corruption and fined him millions of dollars.

Ahmed Nazif, whom Mubarak sidelined to appease protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his rule, was convicted in his retrial of having used his position to make a fortune of US$8.2 million (S$11.1 million).

The court also fined him US$6.8 million.

Nazif had been accused of corrupt real estate deals and receiving illegal bonuses.

Mubarak and many of his former ministers were placed on trial following his overthrow amid popular demands to hold them accountable for years of corruption.

Many of the former regime figures have been acquitted in retrials.

Mubarak and his two sons were sentenced to three years in prison earlier this year for corruption.

But they had been in detention for much of the past four years, and may be released early when time served is accounted for.

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