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Mubarak-Era Ministers Acquitted in Egyptian Land Sale Cases

March 16 (Bloomberg) -- Former Egyptian Tourism Minister Zoheir Garranah and ex-Housing Minister Ahmed El Maghraby, both of whom served under ousted President Hosni Mubarak, were acquitted today in land-sale cases, a court said.

Garranah was accused of selling 5 million square meters of land in Al-Ain Al-Sokhna to businessman Hisham El-Hatheq for $1 a meter, the Giza Criminal Court said in a faxed statement. El-Hatheq was also cleared.

The two ex-ministers and Khaled Makhlouf, chairman of the Tourism Development Authority, were also found not guilty to charges of profiteering, squandering public funds and illegally seizing state land in the coastal city of Hurgada, according to the statement.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ola Galal in Cairo at ogalal@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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