CAIRO: Former Prime Minister Atef Ebeid died at 82 Friday, while a corruption lawsuit filed against him is still ongoing, Youm7 reported.
Ebeid, prime minister from 1999 to 2004, was accused of influence peddling and squandering public funds along with other officials from the regime of former President Hosni Mubarak. The case will continue against his heirs.
The main charge Ebeid was facing was that he facilitated the illegal seizure of a natural reserve in Luxor by fugitive business tycoon Hussein Salem.
Before assuming his post as prime minister, he was a minister of planning. The privatization of the public sector and the flotation of the Egyptian pound began under his tenure, policies that have received wide-spread criticism.