Court acquits Mubarak ally

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An Egyptian court has acquitted Ahmed Shafik, the last prime minister of deposed president Hosni Mubarak, on a charge of embezzling public funds when he was civil aviation minister, a court official said yesterday.

Mr Shafik was tried in his absence over allegations that he, former civil aviation minister Ibrahim Mannaa, and former Egypt Air chief Tawfiq el-Asi embezzled more than £2.2 million.

All three were found not guilty, adviser Ahmed Yousef said.

Mr Shafik, who was a presidential candidate in 2012, left for Abu Dhabi last June.