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Cairo int'l airport official imprisoned for 10 years over corruption charges

Mon, Aug. 13, 2018
CAIRO – 13 August 2018: General manager of the Cairo International Airport quarantine was imprisoned for 10 years as per accusations of receiving a bribe worth up to LE 100,000 from a private company based in Egypt in exchange of facilitating the procedures of releasing serums received from abroad.

The Cairo Criminal Court began its procedures against the quarantine general manger on Monday; meanwhile, the private company head was only considered a witness to the case. The judgment was issued by Chancellor Jaafar Najm al-Din.

The investigations revealed that the airport official received several bribes in exchange for easing the legal procedures of private companies.

Egypt’s government and interior ministry has recently battled corruption. Several officials were arrested for receiving bribes, including Head of Giza’s Al-Haram district earlier in August, the Head of the Customs Authority last July, a customs officer at Safaga port as well as head of the Food Industries Holding Company (FIHC) and his deputy.

A closer look at Egypt's ongoing anti-corruption battle

CAIRO - 10 August 2018: The Administrative Control Authority (ACA) - the regulatory body responsible for enforcing laws and regulations within state bodies - has ordered the arrest of numerous officials over the last two years, within the framework of the leadership's fight against corruption.

Bribery and corruption have been rife in Egypt for long decades, and were among the main causes for the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime President Hosni Mubarak.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi always stressed applying strict measures within government institutions to crack down on any violation. He hailed the role played by the ACA on different occasions.

Egypt ranked 108th out of 176 countries on Transparency International’s 2016 Corruption Perception Index, scoring 34 points, down two points compared to 2015.
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