Former PM Nazif sentenced to prison for illicit gains

The Cairo Criminal Court on Thursday sentenced former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif to three years in prison and fined him LE9 million on illicit gains charges.

The Illicit Gains Authority had referred the former premier to court based on allegations he had illegally obtained gifts from press organizations and that he helped his wife and sons receive government posts.

Nazif, who served under deposed President Hosni Mubarak, was also accused of abusing power to amass LE64 million in assets including property, shares in telecommunication firms and luxury vehicles.

The court said Nazif had failed to declare the source of LE5 million in his possession and that he had established a private for-profit educational foundation that had obtained an estimated LE35 million in donations.

In July 2011, another court issued him a suspended one-year sentence for squandering public funds.

Edited translation from MENA

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