February 24, 2015 / 8:48 AM / in 3 years

Egyptian court acquits top Mubarak era officials on graft charges: sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court on Tuesday acquitted two top Hosni Mubarak-era officials of graft charges at a retrial, judicial sources said, a day after a prominent activist was sentenced to five years in jail.

Ahmed Nazif speaks during a news conference in Cairo May 24, 2010. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif, and former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly were both charged with illegal profiting and squandering public funds.

Nazif and Adly had been sentenced to a one-year suspended jail term, and a five-year jail term respectively in 2011. They appealed against the verdict and the High Court ordered the retrial.

The trials of Mubarak-era figures have generally seen them cleared of charges, while liberal and Islamist activists are getting lengthy sentences.

Reporting by Mahmoud Mourad; Editing by Yara Bayoumy and Alison Williams

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