Scandals emerge as former ministers given 15 day detention

Scandals emerge as former ministers given 15 day detention

Investigations into four former state officials on Friday have begun where former Minister of Interior Habib al-Adly, former Minister of Tourism Zoheir Garanah, former Minister of Housing Ahmad al-Maghreby, and business tycoon and National Democratic Party leader Ahmad Ezz are being investigated.

Accusations against Al-Adly include money laundering and profiteering and On February 7 the Money Laundering Combating Unit was notified by Banque Misr that a transaction that may have involved money laundering was carried out. Reports that Mohamed Fawzy, a partner in a contracting company, deposited LE4.5 million in October 2010 in al-Adly’s account. Doubts were raised as to the legitimacy of the sum and the identity of the person who deposited it.

Al-Adly however denied the charges and was sent to prison for 15 days pending further investigation.
Garanah was interrogated following charges of corruption. He faces charges following decisions he made to stop granting permits for new tourism companies, and made exceptions granting land to people close to him.

Although Garanah denied the charges, prosecution showed him documents carrying his signature and giving permits to certain businessmen, including Yassin Mansour, Mohamed Mansour, and Shahinaz al-Naggar.

Garanah will remain in custody for 15 days pending further investigation, facing charges of granting land to favoured people at extremely low prices as low as US$1 per meter.

The 6th October City to Palm Hills Development, in which he is a partner. He  was sent to prison for 15 days pending further investigations, and will also be summoned to face other charges including facilitating the encroachment of land owned by the Egyptian General Company for Tourism and Hotels.

Infamous Ezz is charged with the illegal acquisition of two permits to establish two steel factories in the free zone in Suez, which represents a waste of public money. Ezz defended himself claiming he has the biggest steel factory in the Middle East and deserves to be granted two permits.

He, also asked for time to present documents to prove the accusations were false of was also imprisoned for 15 days pending further investigation.