Court to Rule in Gas Exportation to Israel On Feb. 21

The Cairo Criminal Court is set to rule in a corruption case involving Mubarak-era petroleum minister accused of exporting gas to Israel on February 21, it announced on Tuesday.

Former Minister Sameh Fahmy was sentenced to 15 years in prison alongside fugitive businessman Hussein Salem in June 2012 for exporting gas to Israel below market prices. The latter was sentenced in absentia.

The court also sentenced former vice president of the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) for gas processing Mahmoud Latif Amer, former vice president of the EGPC for production Hassan Mohamed Akl and former vice president of the EGPC for planning Ismail Hamed Karara to 7 years in prison.

Chairman of the Egyptian National Gas Holding Company Mohamed Ibrahim Youssef was sentenced to 10 years in prison, while chairman of the EGPC was sentenced to three years.

The court had also imposed a total fine of 2.003 billion USD on all convicts and obliged them to return 499.8 million USD.

The appeals court revoked the sentence and ordered the retrial of all defendants before the criminal court in March 2013.

Source : Aswat Masriya