For­mer In­vest­ment Min­istry of­fi­cial re­ferred to crim­i­nal court over il­licit gains charges

Gov­ern­men­tal per­son­nel abused his post, il­le­gally earned over EGP 5m from 2009 to 2013

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Egypt’s Il­licit Gains Au­thor­ity (IGA) re­ferred on Sat­ur­day Amr Ashraf El Ha­ras, a for­mer of­fi­cial at the min­istry of in­vest­ment, to the Crim­i­nal Court over re­ceiv­ing bribes of EGP 5m.

The head of in­ves­ti­ga­tion depart­ment at the IGA, Mo­hamed Abaza, ac­cused El-Ha­ras, di­rec­tor of the tech­ni­cal of­fice at the min­istry of in­vest­ment, of abus­ing his post to earn il­licit gains for him­self and his fam­ily dur­ing a pe­riod from 2009 to 2013.

The de­fen­dant is also charged of vi­o­lat­ing the law through re­ceiv­ing bribes from some stake­hold­ers deal­ing with the min­istry, act­ing as an il­le­gal fixer, and pos­sess­ing an un­li­censed gun and nar­cotic drugs.

The Head of Cairo Cas­sa­tion Court, Mo­hamed Shawkat, will set a trial ses­sion for the case once its doc­u­ments are sent from the IGA.

The au­thor­ity has re­cently man­aged to ar­rest sev­eral se­nior gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees over cor­rup­tion charges.

In Fe­bru­ary 2018, the IGA is­sued a de­ci­sion to freeze the as­sets of the for­mer Me­noufiya gov­er­nor He­sham Ab­del Bas­set, his wife, and sons af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tions proved his in­volve­ment in a cor­rup­tion case.

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