Report: Egypt's former prime minister arrested

Associated Press
An Egyptian man makes his way through rubble at the scene of an explosion at a police headquarters building that killed at least a dozen people, wounded more than 100, and left scores buried under the rubble, in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, 110 kilometers (70 miles) north of Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. The country's interim government accused the Muslim Brotherhood of orchestrating the attack, branding it a "terrorist organization." No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, which came a day after an al-Qaida-inspired group called on police and army personnel to desert or face death at the hands of its fighters. (AP Photo/Ahmed Ashraf)
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CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian state television is reporting that the country's former prime minister — who served under the nation's toppled Islamist president — has been arrested to serve a one-year prison sentence.

The broadcaster reported Hesham Kandil's arrest on Tuesday.

The case goes back to 2011 when a court ruled in favor of reversing deals struck by ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak when his government sold a textile company to a Saudi investor.

A court sentenced Kandil to one year in prison for failing to implement the court order. The sentence was issued before a popularly-backed military coup overthrew President Mohammed Morsi on July 3.

Morsi appointed Kandil, a U.S.-educated engineer who was an unknown technocrat and former water minister, prime minister in July 2012.

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