Azmi was jailed last year and put on trial in October, charged with illegal acquisition of funds
Then Egyptian chief of staff Zakaria Azmi pictured in Cairo in March 2008. A Cairo criminal court has sentenced ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's former chief of staff to seven years in jail on corruption charges, a judicial source told AFP on Sunday. © Khaled Desouki - AFP/File
Azmi was jailed last year and put on trial in October, charged with illegal acquisition of funds
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Last updated: May 27, 2012

Ex-Mubarak aide sentenced to 7 years on corruption charges

A Cairo criminal court on Sunday sentenced ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's former chief of staff to seven years in jail on corruption charges, a judicial source told AFP.

Zakaria Azmi was also ordered to pay a fine of 38 million Egyptian pounds (around $6.2 million), the source said.

An aide to Mubarak since 1989, Azmi was considered an influential figure in the presidency and in the now-dissolved National Democratic Party.

He joins a host of former ministers and officials handed jail sentences following a sweeping investigation into corruption after the uprising that ended Mubarak's three decade rule.

Mubarak himself faces a verdict on June 2 to determine whether or not he was involved in the killing of protesters during the 18-day revolt.

The sentence comes as vote counting is underway in Egypt's first free presidential election, which will see a run-off between Mubarak's last prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, and Mohammed Mursi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood banned under the strongman.

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