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Egypt.. commuting the sentence against businessman Hassan Ratib and deputy “jinn and goblins” in the case of antiquities trafficking

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The Egyptian Court of Cassation – the highest judicial authority in the country – decided, Thursday, to accept the appeal submitted by businessman Hassan Ratib and reduce the sentence from 5 to 3 years in prison, in the case of antiquities trafficking.

The court also decided to reduce the sentence of former parliamentarian Alaa Hassanein from 10 years in prison to 5 years, and fined each of them an amount of one million pounds ($33.5 thousand).

In December 2021, the Egyptian Attorney General, Hamada Al-Sawy, issued a decision to refer 23 people, including businessman Hassan Ratib, owner of the “Al-Mehwar” satellite channels, the “Sama” group that invests in the cement, education and tourism industries, and Alaa Hassanein, a board member. Al-Nawab, known as “Deputy of Jinns and Imps”, is on trial before the competent criminal court, accusing her of running a gang formation to excavate antiquities and smuggle them abroad.

Dr. Mohamed Hammouda, lawyer for businessman Hassan Ratib, said that the Court of Cassation reduced the sentence imposed on his client from 5 years to 3 years, and he spent half of it, and therefore he has the right to be released during the coming period, and the sentence for former parliamentarian Alaa Hassanein was reduced from 10. years to 5 years, and a fine of 2 million Egyptian pounds ($67.1 thousand).

Hamouda added, in exclusive statements to CNN in Arabic, that he will work to complete the procedures for the release of businessman Hassan Ratib, provided that this takes place in the near future.

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