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EGYPT: Two former ministers to be prosecuted for graft

February 21, 2011 | 11:23 am

Cameron2 Egyptian officials on Monday referred the former interior and tourism ministers to a criminal court, the state news agency reported, after protesters demanded officials be held accountable for squandering the nation's wealth.

Public prosecutor Abdel Hamid Mahmoud "issued a decision to transfer former Interior Minister Habib al-Adli and former Tourism Minister Zuhair Garana to an urgent criminal trial in the Cairo criminal court," Egypt's MENA state news agency reported.

Adli was charged with money laundering and profiteering, and Garana was accused of intentionally damaging public funds and allowing others to benefit financially, according to the report.

--  Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Photo: British Prime Minister David Cameron, center, walks in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Monday. Cameron arrived in Cairo on Monday to meet with top Egyptian officials and "make sure this really is a genuine transition" to civilian rule. Credit: Tim Ireland / Associated Press