Egypt Court Acquits Morsi-Era PM

Published: 13th July 2014 11:02 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th July 2014 11:02 PM   |  A+A-


CAIRO: An Egyptian court Sunday acquitted former prime minister Hesham Qandil of charges of law violation for not carrying out a court order.

Qandil, who served during the one-year rule of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, was earlier sentenced to one year jail-term for violating a court order to terminate the privatisation contract of a state-owned company, Xinhua reported citing MENA news agency. 

The Court of Cassation overturned the verdict and acquitted the Islamist-oriented ex-prime minister.

The prison department confirmed that Qandil will be released due to his acquittal, unless he is wanted in any other cases.

Qandil's unsatisfactory performance and Morsi's insistence to keep him were among the main reasons that led to opposition uproar and eventually to Morsi's removal.

Qandil's acquittal is seen as the first breakthrough for high-profile Morsi loyalists since the massive crackdown on Morsi's supporters following his military ouster last year.

Over the past 10 months, over 1,000 of Morsi's supporters were killed and thousands others were arrested in a massive security crackdown launched by the interim leadership.

Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group has been blacklisted by the new leadership as "a terrorist organisation" with most of its leaders in custody.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp