CAIRO: The North Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Salah Abdel Maqsoud, the former Minister of Information under Mohamed Morsi to 10 years in prison on charges of stealing state-owned broadcasting cars, Youm7 reported.
The fugitive minister and the remanded former head of Maspiro Radio Engineering sector Amr Abdel Ghafar al-Khafif are accused of allowing the cars to cover Rabaa sit-in in Nasr City of Cairo, where the cars were stolen and destroyed by protesters, according to the investigation.
The court fined both defendants 3.5 million EGP ($490,000); however, the verdict is could be appealed.
Morsi was ousted by the military after mass protests starting June 30, 2013 called for the end of his regime June 30, 2013; his supporters protested and staged two sit-ins in Rabaa al-Adaweya Square of Cairo and Nahda Square in Giza. The sit-ins were dispersed Aug. 14, 2013, and at least 600 persons were killed, according to government figures, also though a number of organization estimate that the number maybe much higher; Human Rights Watch estimates the number killed is at least 1,100.