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Egyptian court acquits Mubarak-era prime minister, interior minister in corruption case

  • FILE - In this file image released by the Egyptian Presidency Feb. 16, 2015, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi makes a statement after militants in Libya affiliated with the Islamic State group released a grisly video showing the beheading of many Egyptian Coptic Christians. El-Sissi issued a law that broadens the state's definition of terrorism to include anyone who threatens public order "by any means," and gives authorities powers to draw up lists of alleged terrorists with little judicial recourse. The legislation was signed in the form of a decree last week and was distributed to reporters on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Egyptian Presidency, File)

    FILE - In this file image released by the Egyptian Presidency Feb. 16, 2015, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi makes a statement after militants in Libya affiliated with the Islamic State group released a grisly video showing the beheading of many Egyptian Coptic Christians. El-Sissi issued a law that broadens the state's definition of terrorism to include anyone who threatens public order "by any means," and gives authorities powers to draw up lists of alleged terrorists with little judicial recourse. The legislation was signed in the form of a decree last week and was distributed to reporters on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Egyptian Presidency, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 file photo released by the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, waves during a visit to the Suez Canal in Ismailia, Egypt. El-Sissi issued a law that broadens the state's definition of terrorism to include anyone who threatens public order "by any means," and gives authorities powers to draw up lists of alleged terrorists with little judicial recourse. The legislation was signed in the form of a decree last week and was distributed to reporters on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. El-Sissi has the power to approve new laws in the form of decrees. (AP Photo/Egyptian Presidency)

    In this Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 file photo released by the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, waves during a visit to the Suez Canal in Ismailia, Egypt. El-Sissi issued a law that broadens the state's definition of terrorism to include anyone who threatens public order "by any means," and gives authorities powers to draw up lists of alleged terrorists with little judicial recourse. The legislation was signed in the form of a decree last week and was distributed to reporters on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. El-Sissi has the power to approve new laws in the form of decrees. (AP Photo/Egyptian Presidency)  (The Associated Press)

Egypt's official news agency is reporting that a Cairo court has acquitted deposed President Hosni Mubarak's prime minister and interior minister in a corruption case.

The MENA news agency says the Cairo Criminal Court made the ruling Tuesday in the retrial of former Premier Ahmed Nazif and former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly, both of whom served in Mubarak's last Cabinet. The men faced charges of squandering public money.

The case stems from allegations they collaborated in awarding a German firm a contract to import license plates by direct order.

Over the past months, many Mubarak-era officials have won a series of acquittals, mostly in corruption-related cases. Meanwhile, courts are packed with cases involving Mubarak's successor, ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, and members of his outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.