Court frees Mubark-era chief of staff Zakaria Azmy

The Daily News Egypt - - Front Page - By Ad­ham Youssef

The Cairo Cas­sa­tion Court ac­quit­ted Zakaria Azmy, former chief of staff un­der Hosni Mubarak, from charges of il­licit gain, af­ter a re­trial was or­dered ac­cord­ing to state-run news­pa­per Al-Ahram.

The Mubarak-era strong man is to walk free and can leave the coun­try. He was also or­dered to pay a fine of EGP 36m.

Azmy spent around 21 months in cus­tody af­ter be­ing im­pris­oned on 27 May 2011.

He was ac­cused of il­lic­itly gain­ing EGP 598m dur­ing his ten­ure as chief of staff and as a mem­ber of the par­lia­ment.

Fol­low­ing the 2011 revo­lu­tion, a num­ber of Mubarak-era fig­ures were re­ferred to courts and faced im­pris­on­ment on charges of il­licit gains and wast­ing pub­lic funds. How­ever, sev­eral of them have been re­cently ac­quit­ted af­ter rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with the Il­licit Gains Author­ity.

Mubarak him­self, his sons Ga­mal and Alaa, and his min­is­ter of in­te­rior are walking free.

There have re­cently been amend­ments to the Il­licit Gains Law that al­low Mubarak regime fig­ures to cede their wealth to the state in ex­change for the dis­missal of cor­rup­tion charges.

Azmy was one of the ousted pres­i­dent’s clos­est aides. Azmy and his wife were pre­vi­ously banned from travel and their as­sets were or­dered frozen.

In 2011, a list of Azmy’s as­sets was pub­lished in state-owned Al-Ahram news­pa­per, and in­cludes a num­ber of vil­las, apart­ments, and plots of land in up­scale lo­ca­tions through­out the coun­try.

Zakaria Azmy was one of the ousted pres­i­dent’s clos­est aides

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