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Minister of Housing receives 1-year imprisonment

A Giza misdemeanour court sentenced on Wednesday Minister of Housing and Urban Development Mostafa Madbouly to a one-year imprisonment, a fine of EGP 30,000, and sacking from his position, reported local media.

The verdict is due to Madbouly not employing a previous judicial decision.

A former employee in the ministry had filed a lawsuit against Madbouly earlier in 2017 for not letting her proceed in performing her job, despite having received a judicial decision to do so.

In a similar context, Egypt’s Court of Cassation rejected in April the appeal of former Minister of Agriculture Salah Helal and upheld the ten-year prison sentence that was issued earlier against him.

The court ordered Helal to pay a fine of EGP 1m, and his assistant deputy, Mohey El-Din Qaddah, to pay EGP 500,000, upholding an April 2016 ruling by the Cairo Criminal Court.

Both defendants were accused of accepting bribes in exchange for land licences while in public office.

Madbouly has remained in his office and was not changed in the latest cabinet reshuffle in February.

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