5 Jun 2011

Former finance minister sentenced to prison

10:04 am on 5 June 2011

Former finance minister Youssef Boutros Ghali of Egypt has been sentenced to prison for 30 years on corruption charges.

Judges at Cairo criminal court also ordered him to repay 60 million Egyptian pounds ($US10 million). He was convicted in absentia.

The BBC reports the former ministers of tourism and the interior were last month given lengthy prison sentences on similar charges.

Several officials from Hosni Mubarak's former regime are in detention. Mr Mubarak, 83, was ousted in February and is being held in hospital.

The court sentenced Ghali 15 years for squandering public money by using cars held in customs and 15 years for abusing his position to personally benefit from finance ministry funds.