Imprisoned ex-information minister suffers second heart attack

Imprisoned ex-information minister suffers second heart attack

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Sun, 04/11/2012 - 15:19

Former Information Minister Anas al-Fiqqi suffered a heart attack on Saturday afternoon and was transported to Qasr al-Aini hospital, state-owned Al-Ahram reported.

Fiqqi was stricken while he was in his prison cell in Tora. He was transported to the hospital with permission from prison authorities. He is currently in the Intensive Care Unit.

Fiqqi had previously suffered a heart attack on Thursday and was taken to a hospital for treatment before being returned to prison after his health improved.

In September 2011, the Cairo Criminal Court dismissed Fiqqi from his position and sentenced him to seven years in prison.

Prosecutors charged Fiqqi with granting broadcasting rights for Egypt's premier football league matches in 2009, 2010 and 2011 to private satellite channels free of charge, costing the state LE1.89 million in losses. In July 2011, Fiqqi was acquitted in a separate case of squandering public funds on political propaganda for the former ruling National Democratic Party.