EGYPTIAN DEPUTY GOVERNOR BUSTED OVER BRIBERY

An Egyptian deputy governor, along with five businessmen, have been busted for being involved in corrupt activities, including bribery, profiteering and looting public funds, an official anti-corruption body said, in a statement, on Monday.

The Administrative Control Authority (ACA) added that, the lady deputy of Alexandria governor, received a bribe of about one million Egyptian pounds (over 56,000 U.S. dollars) from some businessmen, to stop a removal decision of illegally constructed buildings on state-owned lands.

“She would also spare the businessmen paying the fines for such violations, which amount to 10 million Egyptian pounds (over 560,000 dollars),” said the ACA statement.

The case is part of a massive anti-corruption campaign launched by Egypt, that led to the arrest and imprisonment of several officials and senior employees, and the retrieval of large amounts of public money.

In Feb, an Egyptian court sentenced a former irrigation minister to seven years in prison, over corruption, related to illegal sales of agricultural lands for construction.

Earlier in Jan, the authorities arrested the finance minister’s former adviser, for receiving one million Egyptian pounds from a contractor, as part of a larger bribe for mis-pricing a state-owned land.

A former agriculture minister and his deputy were also sentenced to 10 years in prison, over receiving bribes to grant state-owned land licenses to a business tycoon last year

Source: NAM News Network