The Administrative Prosecution Authority (APA) ordered on Monday the referral of 22 state employees in the local administration of Alexandria to court on charges of corruption.
The suspects, all of whom are senior officials, are accused of wasting EGP 1.2bn by securing contracts for businessmen wanting to rent public beaches, and failing to collect the needed amount of money.
The APA has been actively trying to tackle corruption cases across various entities in Egypt.
Among the incidents monitored in December 2016 was a corruption case related to the state council, in which three officials in the purchasing department were arrested in possession of large sums of money and gold that they received as bribes. The report referred to the state council officials’ case as ‘one of the biggest corruption cases in Egypt.’”
In September 2017, the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) estimated that nearly EGP 140m was wasted as a result of corruption during the month of August alone, including embezzlement, bribes, and squandering of public funds. The report additionally highlighted corruption incidents related to the ministry of finance.
In 2016, the APA revealed a major corruption case that led to the ouster of the former minister of agriculture Salah Helal. The former minister and three other officials in the ministry were also arrested on charges of accepting bribes worth more than EGP 11m.