Sunday, April 11, 2021

Egypt: Former Menoufiya governor sentenced to 10 years for bribery

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An Egyptian court has sentenced a former governor to 10 years in prison for accepting bribes to award public works contracts.

In announcing the sentence Monday, the court said Hisham Abdel Basset accepted some $1.5 million in bribes while serving as governor of Menoufiya province, 60 kilometers (40 miles) north of Cairo. He was fined 15 million Egyptian pounds ($840,000).

The schemes involved several proposed construction and IT contracts with Egyptian businessman Essam Ahmed Fathi, who was cleared of all charges.
Abdel Basset is expected to appeal the ruling.

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Conviction of top officials for bribery is rare in Egypt. President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has vowed to crack down on corruption as part of a larger overhaul of the economy.

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