Egypt orders retrial in graft case against Mubarak-era prime minister

CAIRO: An Egyptian court ordered a second retrial on Wednesday in a long-running graft case against Ahmad Nazeef, prime minister under ousted president Hosni Mubarak, judicial sources said.


A court sentenced Nazeef to five years in jail for graft in July in the first retrial in the case.

The second retrial, ordered after Nazeef won an appeal against his conviction, begins on February 3.

Many Egyptians who lived through Mubarak’s rule view it as a period of autocracy and crony capitalism. His overthrow in an 18-day revolt in 2011 embodied the hopes of the “Arab Spring” uprisings that shook autocrats from Tunisia to the Gulf.

In the aftermath of his overthrow, Mubarak, his sons and many of his aides were tried on charges varying from murder of protesters to corruption.