Mubarak aide Faruq Hosni cleared of corruption charges

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 January, 2013, 4:40am
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Faruq Hosni, who was Egypt's culture minister for more than two decades under ousted president Hosni Mubarak, has been cleared of corruption charges, according to a judicial source.

A criminal court in Cairo "found Faruq Hosni not guilty on charges of corruption and illegal enrichment," the source said.

In September, state media reported that he had been accused of illegally acquiring 18 million Egyptian pounds (HK$21.5 million).

The source said he has denied all charges against him.

Hosni told the court he had "worked for 23 years in the culture ministry, overseeing works worth billions, and without the slightest temptation to monopolise them".

Hosni was placed on a travel ban, along with a host of officials, shortly after the uprising that brought Mubarak's regime down in February 2011, but the ban was later lifted.

The decision to prosecute him came after a long investigation during which Hosni "could not provide legitimate sources for the wealth he accrued", the official Mena news agency said.