Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

Egypt: Mubarak-Era Ministers Cleared of Charges and Released

Former Tourism Minister Zuhair Garana and former Housing Minister Ahmed al-Marghaby, who both served under toppled President Hosni Mubarak, were released on Wednesday after a court cleared them of corruption charges.

A security source told Egypt's state news agency MENA on Wednesday that the two ex-ministers were discharged on Wednesday from Torah Prison, where Mubarak and his aides are kept, to begin release procedures.

They were taken to Cairo's investigations office for a final check to confirm that they are not involved in any other charges.

A prosecutor decided their release after they were ordered to pay one million Egyptian pound pending an investigation in charges of facilitating the illegal transfer of property to ex-regime leaders and squandering public funds.

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