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Appeals for Mubarak and Nazif postponed

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Former PM and president attempt to appeal fine for 2011 blackouts; former housing and tourism ministers released

 picture dated February 23, 2011 shows Egypt's former tourism minister Zuheir Garranah (Garana) during a hearing in his trial in Cairo on suspicion of diverting public funds.  (AFP  File Photo)

picture dated February 23, 2011 shows Egypt’s former tourism minister Zuheir Garranah (Garana) during a hearing in his trial in Cairo on suspicion of diverting public funds.
(AFP File Photo)

By Mariam Iskander

The Supreme Administrative Court postponed on Saturday any attempts to challenge a recent ruling against ousted President Hosni Mubarak and former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif to 1 July, while on Wednesday, two former Mubarak era ministers were released from prison.

Earlier this week, the Administrative Court ordered Mubarak, Nazif, and the former Minister of Interior Habib El-Adly to pay a fine of EGP 540m to the State Treasury as compensation for economic losses suffered from the communications blackout during the 2011 uprising, reported state-owned Al-Ahram.

The appeal was postponed to review additional evidence.

On Wednesday, meanwhile, the former Minister of Tourism Zoheir Garana and the former Minister of Housing Ahmed Al-Maghrabi were released from prison after the court acquitted them of all charges, reported Aswat Masriya.

A security source said the two ministers were discharged from Torah Prison to commence release procedures, reported state-run news agency MENA.

The prosecutor ordered their release after they were fined EGP 1m following an investigation of charges of facilitating the illegal transfer of property to previous regime leaders and squandering of public funds.


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