Three minsters of the ousted regime of Hosni Mubarak have been acquitted of corruption charges that relate to the squandering of public funds. The public prosecutor was quoted by his office as saying: “[the acquittals] do not correspond with evidence presented during the trials”.

Among the accused ministers is former finance minister, Youssef Boutros Ghali, who was sentenced in absentia to 30 years in prison in another case.

A fourth minister, Rashid Mohammed Rashid, was sentenced in absentia to five years in prison in a separate case. Mr. Rashid already has an international arrest warrant against him, and has previously been sentenced to five years in prison for embezzlement.