Azmi accused of abusing political power, illegal profiting
Zakaria Azmi - YOUM7/Islam Osama
By AYA IBRAHIM

CAIRO: The Illicit Gains Authority heard Monday the testimony of former President Hosni Mubarak’s chief of staff Zakaria Azmi, who is in jail for corruption charges, reported Youm7.

Azmi is also accused of using his position to illegally transfer $4 million to the Nile Basin countries, without the proper legal documents, in order not to construct the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

Azmi denied all charges against him, and emphasized that all of his actions were in accordance with his job and he had received approval from the president, adding that the money paid to the Nile Basin countries was not a bribe.

Azmi has also been questioned regarding his financial assets, yet he claims that the charges against him targeting his personal wealth are based on slander and that his personal assets were gained through legal means.

In May 2012, Azmi was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined $36.4 million EGP (U.S. $6 million) based on charges of illegal gains.

Since the ouster of Mubarak in February 2011 many former officials have been convicted on charges of illegal profiting and corruption.

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