Court reduces prison sentence of deputy head of Bulaq Abul Ela district to 5 years over forgery

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Mon, 28 Dec 2020 - 08:03 GMT

FILE - A gavel cracks down in the 56th Fighter Wing Staff Judge Advocate court room, Oct. 11, 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz – Courtesy of Luke Air Force Base

FILE - A gavel cracks down in the 56th Fighter Wing Staff Judge Advocate court room, Oct. 11, 2018 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz – Courtesy of Luke Air Force Base

CAIRO – 28 December 2020: A Cairo criminal court has reduced a life imprisonment sentence against deputy head of Bulaq Abul Ela district to five years in prison, as he is charged with forging official documents related to unreal housing projects.

The former ruling was issued earlier this year in absentia.

Another defendant in the case, an employee at the housing management of the district, received the same former and recent sentences.

Earlier, a Cairo Prosecution ordered referring the defendants to the criminal court, over forging vouchers of cash they collected from some citizens.

They claimed, according to the prosecution, that the district offered some housing units for sale and convinced some citizens to pay a deposit to reserve their alleged units.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has always asserted on applying strict measures within the government institutions to crack down on any violation, especially corruption.

He hailed the role played by the Administrative Control Authority (ACA) on different occasions.

On July 31, 2019, Sisi asserted his keenness to establish a full database for Egyptians to fight corruption and help citizens live easier lives.

In a session on digitization on the second day of the seventh edition of the National Youth Conference in the New Administrative Capital, Sisi clarified that all personal data are being dealt with as strictly classified.

Earlier in December, on the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi affirmed that Egypt with its political leadership and people abide by the rule of law and reject all forms of corruption practices.

The President added that Egypt aims to establish deeply-rooted values of integrity and transparency, noting that all citizens are on equal footing under the law, according to a Presidential statement.

Also, Sisi praised efforts that are being exerted by the governmental institutions to fight corruption.

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