Court upholds prison sentence for former PM Qandil

Dokki Misdemeanor Court on Wednesday upheld a ruling sentencing former Prime Minister Hesham Qandil to one year in prison.

The ruling also removed Qandil from his post after he failed to implement a judicial ruling during his tenure as Egypt's prime minister.

In April, the Dokki Misdemeanor Court had sentenced Qandil to one year in prison and dismissed him from his position because he failed to implement a court order that would have nationalised the Tanta Flax and Oils Company.

Some employees at the firm previously filed a lawsuit claiming Qandil did not implement the Administrative Court order, which invalidated the privatization of the company, but did not elaborate.

The court ruling also terminated a contract signed between the government and Saudi businessman Abdallah al-Kahki, returning the company to state ownership and reinstating dismissed employees.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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