Egypt court upholds sentence against Mursi PM

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An Egyptian court upheld a one-year sentence handed to former Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil, in the latest blow to deposed President Mohamed Mursi's inner circle.

Qandil was sentenced last April, prior to Mursi's ouster in July, for failing to implement a court ruling to ordering the annulment of a public company's sale and the reinstatement of its employees. The textile company was originally sold off by the administration of autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Judge Khaled Hassan said the prison sentence must now be carried out.

"There will be an order for his arrest and he will have to serve his sentence," a security official said according to AFP.

Earlier this month, prosecutors ordered the freezing of Qandil's assets and he was prevented from leaving the country pending the investigation.

Egypt's army-installed authorities have launched a massive crackdown on Islamists that has seen hundreds killed and over 2,000 jailed.

(With Reuters and AFP)

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