3 Matrouh ex-officials arrested in LE 500M corruption probe

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Thu, 31 Jan 2019 - 11:48 GMT

FILE - Man holds prison bars - Pixabay/diegoattorney

FILE - Man holds prison bars - Pixabay/diegoattorney

CAIRO - 31 January 2019: The General Prosecution ordered detaining Marsa Matrouh governorate's former secretary general and two other former officials for 15 days over allowing unlawful seizure of public funds estimated at LE 500 million ($28.3 million).

Egypt's Administrative Control Authority (ACA) – the regulatory body responsible for enforcing laws and regulations within state bodies – announced in a Facebook post on Thursday, Jan. 31 the arrest of the governorate's former secretary general, assistant secretary general and head of the legal affairs department.

The three former officials face numerous charges related to facilitating the theft of public funds,forging, generating illicit profits for others, and misusing powers, the ACA said.

The ACA has ordered the arrest of numerous officials over the last two years, within the framework of the leadership’s fight against corruption.

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

Cairo Criminal Court sentenced on Wednesday Souad al-Khouli, former deputy governor of Alexandria, to 12 years in prison and ordered removing her from her job over bribery.

In November, a judicial court in Giza sentenced former Monufia Governer Hesham Abdel Baset to 10 years in prison and ordered him to pay a fine of LE 15 million over charges of bribery.

In February 2018, Cairo Criminal Court sentenced former Helwan Governor Hazem el-Qowaidi to 5 years in prison and ordered him to paya fine of LE 50,000 over receiving bribes during his tenure.

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