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Egypt: Zahi Hawass sentenced to one-year in jail

Egypt: Zahi Hawass sentenced to one-year in jail

August 16, 2011 - Zahi Hawass, Egypt's ebullient minister for antiquities, has been sentenced to a year in jail immediately after he refused to carry out a court selection in a land dispute.

The court on Sunday also fined him 10,000 Egyptian lbs (a lot more than $1,600) in damages.

Hawass, who has arrived at international acclaim as an Egyptologist, stated he would attraction the ruling and informed journalists had the court's choice had not specific him "personally".

The sentence will be suspended until the attractiveness ruling.

Hawass was named antiquities minister last month, but had held the position as head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities below Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's ousted previous president.


Sunday's court ruling anxious a criticism brought against Hawass when he was Egypt's antiquities chief underneath Mubarak. Hawass was ordered to return the land to the plaintiff, but had allegedly refused to do so.

The ruling comes as other ministers who served below Mubarak found themselves the goal of independent investigations.

Egypt's public prosecutor on Sunday explained that Ahmed Nazif, Egypt's previous prime minister, and Youssef Boutrous Ghali, the previous finance minister, are to deal with trial on charges of corruption and squandering public income.

Habib el-Adli, the previous interior minister, who is previously dealing with trial on charges of killing protesters and graft, will be attempted on the very same charges.

The three, along with a German businessman, are accused of unlawful profiteering from a deal to import new motor vehicle amount plates.

( via english.aljazeera.net )


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