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Egypt PM sentenced in absentia to one year

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An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced Prime Minister Hisham Qandil to a jail term of one year in absentia for failing to implement a 2011 ruling, sources said, adding the verdict was merely symbolic.

The Cairo misdemeanours court sentenced Qandil for failing to implement a ruling by an administrative court ordering the nationalization of textile factory Tanta Flax and Oil Company, the judicial sources said.

The court also ruled that Qandil should be dismissed from his post as premier for failing to re-nationalize, Bloomberg reported, citing a statement by the court judge Mohamed El-Sawy.

Cabinet spokesman Alaa el-Hadidi said in an e- mailed statement that the ruling will be appealed, Bloomberg reported.

Qandil, who heads Islamist President Mohamed Mursi's government, was also fined 2,000 Egyptian pounds (about $290).

According to judicial sources, sentences in absentia against serving prime ministers and officials are common and not implemented. The officials are only made to pay the fine.