By Charlie Miller
Ex- Prime Minister Hisham Qandil will be imprisoned for one year, state-run Al-Ahram reported on Wedneday. Qandil, who was tried by a court in Dokki, had been sentenced for failing to execute a court order pertaining to the reinstatement of employees at a linen company, in addition to failing to annul the sale of the aforementioned company to a Saudi businessman.
His appeal was overturned at the Dokki Misdemeanour Court, the report added, stating that Judge Mohammed El-Sawy had decided to carry out the sentence.
Qandil’s conviction was confirmed by Mohammed Zarea’, a Cairo-based human rights lawyer, who added that he was aware that there had been tension between Qandil and the linen company, that Qandil failed to commit to a number of terms and conditions to the company.
Qandil was initially charged while still Prime Minister, but lodged an appeal, Zarea’ said, adding that the ex-premier’s appeal case had been overturned by the judge.
Zarea’ said it was possible that Qandil would be imprisoned in Tora, where many members of the Muslim Brotherhood are currently detained.
He added that the sentencing was in line with the law.