Court releases former Information Minister Anas al-Fiqqi

The Cairo Criminal Court on Wednesday ordered the release of former Information Minister Anas al-Fiqqi pending a retrial on graft charges, state TV reported.

The Court of Cassation this month annulled the previous verdict against Fiqqi. Last September the Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Fiqqi to seven years in jail for corruption, along with Osama al-Sheikh, the former head of state TV, who was sentenced to five years.

Fiqqi's would be among the first retrials of former regime figure. This month the Court of Cassation also annulled a ruling against former Housing Minister Ahmed al-Maghrabi and ordered a retrial.

On Tuesday, the Cairo Criminal Court released former Shura Council speaker Safwat al-Sherif on LE50.000 bail, pending his trial over illicit gain charges. However, the prosecution challenged the decision, and Sherif is currently still in detention.

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