On 6 March, a Giza criminal court sentenced Ahmed Ezz, well-known Egyptian businessman and leading member of the ruling National Democratic Party during former President Hosni Mubarak's reign, to thirty seven years in prison and fined him EGP £2 billion. Mr Ezz was found guilty of corruption, profiteering and looting public funds.
Ezz was arrested in February 2011 following mass public protests, which ended Mubarak's regime. The arrest followed investigations which revealed the misappropriation of public funds in a deal to buy the state-owned steel company al-Dekheila. The deal saw Ezz personally gain more than US $710 million between 2001 and 2011 with the assistance of senior government officials.