Court overturns imprisonment verdict against Qandil
MB leaders during sunday trial - YOUM7/Ahmed Ramadan

CAIRO: The Cassation Court of Misdemeanors Sunday accepted an appeal presented by former Prime Minister Hisham Qandil, and reversed his one-year jail sentence, Youm7 reported.

The court also acquitted him of charges of failing to execute a court ruling and annulled an earlier court ruling that removed Qandil from office and sentenced him to one year in jail.

In September 2013, the Cairo Misdemeanor Court upheld an earlier ruling against Qandil sentencing him to one year in prison for failure to implement an Administrative Court verdict ordering the renationalization of Tanta Flax and Oil Company.

The prosecution cannot appeal this latest ruling on Qandil, as this is the final appeal allowed, Al-Ahram reported.

Qandil was appointed Egypt’s prime minister by former President Mohamed Morsi in August 2012, and remained in office until Morsi’s ouster on July 3, 2013.

In other trial news, the Cairo Criminal Court headed by Judge Shaaban al-Shami decided Sunday to postpone to Aug. 18 the next session of the trial of Morsi and 130 other defendants over charges of escaping from Wadi al-Natroun Prison in January 2011, Youm7 reported.

The other defendants include Saad Katatni, former Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, and former MB leaders Mohamed el-Beltagy, Safwat Hegazy and Youssef Qaradawi. They are accused of damaging and setting fire to prison buildings, murder, attempted murder and the looting of prison weapons.

They are also accused of freeing dangerous criminals, including alleged members of Hezbollah, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

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