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Egypt’s former minister gets 25 years for graft

CAIRO: A court has sentenced a former finance minister to 25 years in prison on charges of squandering public funds.
Yousef Boutros-Ghali was found guilty of squandering around $ 3.6 million during his final years in the post, Egypt’s state news agency reported.
He has been convicted on similar charges in past cases. Boutros-Ghali is a nephew of former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali and is believed to be in London.
Because he has been tried in absentia, he is allowed a retrial and all verdicts can be overturned upon his return.

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