A former Egyptian finance minister has been sentenced in absentia to 30 years for squandering public funds and abusing his authority, the official state news agency says.
Yousef Boutros-Ghali, a nephew of former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, left Egypt during the uprising that forced out President Hosni Mubarak. Yousef Boutros-Ghali was a powerful confidant of Mubarak's son Gamal.
Boutros-Ghali's whereabouts are unknown.
A Cairo court convicted Boutros-Ghali today in two cases. In one, he was convicted of appropriating luxury vehicles seized from the customs authority. In another, he was convicted of abusing his authority for using state print shops to produce campaign material.
In each case, he was sentenced to 15 years and was fined £3.6 million.