A close aide of former Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak was today jailed for seven years by a criminal court on charges of corruption.

Zakaria Azmi, who served as the chief of staff during Mubaraks tenure, was also asked to pa

y a fine of USD 6.05 million for misusing power to get undue economic benefits, the Ahram Online reported.

Known as a powerful and influential figure in Mubaraks circle, Azmi, who was with the deposed leader since 1989, was detained in April last year and was put on trial in October.

The court also fined Azmis wife Bahia Halawa of same amount. His brother- inlaw, Gamal Halawa, was also sentenced in absentia to a year in prison.

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