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Hisham Qandil, the former Prime Minister of Egypt has been arrested

Dec 26, 2013 16:00 IST

Hisham QandilHisham Qandil, the former Prime Minister of Egypt was arrested by Egyptian police on 24 December 2013. He served under the ousted President Mohammed Morsi. As per the interior ministry, Qandil was caught in a mountainous area with smugglers, while he was trying to flee to Sudan.

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He was arrested on the order of the Court that was issued against him. He was sentenced for a year in prison, while he was in office for failing to carry out the ruling of the court to re-nationalise a company Tanta Flax and Oil Company, which was privatized in 1996. The lawsuit was instigated against the former Prime Minister by a number of company’s workers.

The sentence was upheld by a Cairo appeals Court in September 2013 after two months when Morsi, the then President was overthrown. He Qandil in July 2012 became the youngest Prime Minister of Egypt since 1954. He won the first truly democratic elections of Egypt, which was followed the fall of Hosni Mubarak, the autocrat President in 2011. He is not a member of Muslim Brotherhood or any other Islamist political organization. He represented an alliance of pro-Morsi Islamist groups in meets with the mediators of Europe, who tried to defuse tensions with the military installed government.

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