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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Former Egypt officials charged with corruption
Garrett Eisenhour at 12:00 AM ET

On April 17, 2011, Egyptian prosecutors charged former prime minister Ahmed Nazif, former finance minister Yousef Boutros and former interior minister Habib el Adly with corruption. The charges stemmed from allegations that the three officials granted a no-bid contract to a German business to sell license plates in Egypt well above market prices. The charges came amid wider efforts to move away from pre-revolution Egypt in the wake of the Arab Spring, including the dissolution of former president Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party in April 2011. Since widespread protests across Egypt in early 2011, the country's courts have been dealing with a series of corruption cases against former leaders and government officials — including the high-profile prosecution of Mubarak that began in February 2011.

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