Former Egyptian finance minister Youssef Boutros-Ghali has been sentenced to life in prison for corruption by a Cairo criminal court.

Mr Boutros-Ghali served as finance minister under deposed President Hosni Mubarak and had been accused of wasting £13 million Egyptian pounds (approximately £1.2 million) of public funds in a transaction involving coupons used for the distribution of subsidized cooking gas.

Since Mr Mubarak’s ousting in 2011, many former officials have been convicted on corruption charges.