Egyptian media reported that Safwat Al-Sharif, Minister of Information during the era of the late President Hosni Mubarak, died on Wednesday evening at the age of 87, of his infection with the Corona virus.
However, Ihab - Safwat al-Sharif's son - stated that his father had died of leukemia.
Ihab al-Sharif indicated that his father had been suffering from leukemia 6 years ago, and several days before the pain of the disease returned to him, he was transferred to a hospital in Cairo last Saturday for treatment, before he died on Wednesday evening.
He denied the reports about his infection with the Coronavirus, stressing that his father's body would be buried on Thursday noon from a Cairo mosque.
Safwat Al-Sharif, born on December 19, 1933, is an Egyptian politician with a BA in Military Sciences, and one of the General Intelligence officers in the 1960s.
Al-Sharif was a founding member of the National Party in 1966, and held a number of positions in it, most notably the Secretary General for a period of nearly 10 years, and he also held the position of Minister of Information, Chairman of the Shura Council, as well as the presidency of the State Information Service.
After the January 25 revolution, 2011 and the fall of President Hosni Mubarak on February 11, 2011, Safwat Al-Sharif was charged with numerous charges, including killing protesters in Tahrir Square, attempting to kill others, organizing and managing groups of thugs to attack and kill protesters, and using influence to enrich , And more.
After he was acquitted with other defendants in the case of killing and wounding protesters in Tahrir Square, known in the media as the "Muqataat al-Jamal case," he was released in February 2013 with a guarantee of his place of residence, while investigating other corruption charges with him.
In September 2020, the Court of Cassation - the highest court of appeals in Egypt - upheld a 3-year prison sentence and a large fine for the sheriff, following his conviction in a case of illegal gain.