CAIRO, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's Court of Appeal decided to start the first session in the Criminal Court for Egypt's ex-Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, charged with corruption on Dec. 2, official MENA news agency reported Friday.
Ahmed Shafiq, who joined in the presidential election and was defeated by his rival Mohamed Morsi in the run-off held in June, together with 10 aviation top officials were referred to the Criminal Court over charges of financial corruption on Sept. 30.
Former Aviation Minister Ibrahim Manna along with other nine officials were charged in four cases related to harming public funds, the report added.
Shafiq, former President Mubarak's last prime minister, signed a cooperation protocol to establish New Egypt Services Association in Mubarak's wife's park.
Based on this protocol, other defendants were granted the authority to exploit the Egypt Air Holding Co. funds, estimated at nearly 7.16 million Egyptian pounds (about 1.17 million U.S. dollars), for recreational games in the park.
On Sept. 11, Shafiq, who is staying in United Arab Emirates, as well as Mubarak's two sons were referred to the Criminal Court over charges of committing administrative and financial violations in a purchase of pilots' association land.