Last Updated: Wed Sep 28, 2011 14:41 pm (KSA) 11:41 am (GMT)

Egypt jails former information minister for 7 years and top TV official for 5 years

Egypt’s former information minister, Anas al-Fiki (R), and Osama al-Sheikh, the former head of the state television union were sentenced by an Egyptian court. (File photo)
Egypt’s former information minister, Anas al-Fiki (R), and Osama al-Sheikh, the former head of the state television union were sentenced by an Egyptian court. (File photo)

An Egyptian court sentenced former Information Minister Anas al-Fiki to seven years in prison for squandering public wealth from the state television union, the latest prison sentence to be handed to a member of Hosni Mubarak’s former cabinet.

The court also sentenced Osama al-Sheikh, the former head of the union, to five years on the same charges, the court ruled, according to Reuters.

The ruling was aired by state television.

Chaos broke out in the court when the verdict for Sheikh was read, with his supporters lunging past security towards the judge as others threw bottles at him. Judge Abdallah Abul Hashem had to be whisked away by security, AFP reported.

Sheikh had been cleared in a previous corruption case and his family and supporters had expected him to be released.

The two are the latest in a string of former regime officials to go on trial since a popular revolt forced president Hosni Mubarak to step down in February.

Mubarak himself is on trial for allegedly ordering the killings of anti-regime protesters and for alleged corruption. His two sons are also on trial for alleged corruption.

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