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Egypt's Former Tourism Minister Sentenced To Five Years For Corruption

Former ministers Zuheir Garranah (right) and Ahmed al-Maghrabi (left) and former senior member of the National Democratic Party Ahmed Ezz (center) sit behind bars in Cairo in February.
Reports say Egypt's former tourism minister has been sentenced to five years in prison for corruption.

Zuheir Garranah was charged with authorizing the sale of state-owned land worth millions of dollars at very low prices.

Garranah is the second minister jailed for corruption after the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak.

Last week, a court sentenced former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly to 12 years for corruption.

The trial of corrupt officials, including Mubarak, was a key demand of protesters against his regime.

The former president who was ousted on February 11 is currently in a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. He is under investigation for abuse of office.

compiled from agency reports