Egypt's ex-finance minister gets 30 years

Former Egyptian finance minister Yussef Boutros Ghali was on Saturday sentenced to 30 years in prison in absentia on corruption charges, an AFP correspondent said.

Judge Magdi Ghoneim of the Cairo criminal court sentenced Ghali to 15 years for squandering public money by using cars held in customs and 15 years for abusing his position to personally benefit from ministry funds.

Ghali, who is out of the country, is one of a string of ministers of ousted president Hosni Mubarak's regime to face justice as part of a sweeping probe into fraud by the country's new military rulers.

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