CAIRO - 15 September 2020: The Cassation Court has rejected the last possible appeal of former speaker of the Shura Council Safwat el-Sherif, upholding a 3-year prison sentence and a LE99,049,794 ($6.3M) fine.
The court previously revoked the sentence of his first trial in the illicit gains case, where he and his son, Ihab, had been sentenced to five years in prison and a LE209,700,000 fine. The court cleared his son and referred him to the Criminal Court of South Cairo.
On September 9, 2018, the Criminal Court of South Cairo handed Sherif the final sentence, which he appealed again, but no to avail.
Before taking his last office in 2004, Sherif had been the Minister of Information since 1982. He was initially a military officer who worked at the General Intelligence and the presidency.
Sherif was the chairman of the State Information Service (SIS) between 1978-1980 before chairing the Egypt's national radio and television union. In 2004, Sherif became the secretary-general of the National Democratic Party (NDP), the ruling party under Mubarak.
Post the January 25 Revolution that overthrew Mubarak's regime in 2011, Sherif and a large number of parliamentarians and high-ranking officials were charged and sentenced in cases pertinent to corruption and graft.