Middle East

Zakaria Azmi, aide to Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, jailed

A picture taken on March 31, 2008 shows then Egyptian chief of staff Zakaria Azmi (L) standing with ousted leader Hosni Mubarak (R) in Cairo
Image caption Hosni Mubarak (r) was rarely seen in public without his chief of staff, Zakaria Azmi (l)

One of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's closest aides has been jailed for seven years and fined $6m (£3.8m) for corruption.

A Cairo court convicted Zakaria Azmi of using his position to illegally make $7m, the AP news agency reports.

He is the latest member of Mr Mubarak's inner circle to be found guilty of corruption since his 30-year rule was ended by last year's revolution.

The verdict in Mr Mubarak's own trial is due on 2 June.

He is accused of involvement in the killing of protesters during last year's uprising.

Correspondents say Mr Mubarak was rarely seen in public without Azmi, his chief of staff.

The sentence comes as Egypt awaits the result of the country's first free presidential election.