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ACA orders arrest of officials affiliated with Ministry of Finance on bribery charges

Alleged bribery came to facilitate preparation of hospital affiliated with ministry’s mental health secretariat

The Administrative Control Authority (ACA) ordered on Saturday the arrest of officials affiliated with the Ministry of Finance for being accused of bribery.

A member of the ministry’s political bureau, the general manager of financial and administrative affairs, and the financial head of the general secretariat of mental health are all accused of receiving EGP 500,000 as a bribe from the owner of a supply and contracting company.

The ACA said in a statement that the bribery came in exchange for facilitating procedures of providing a hospital affiliated with the general secretariat of mental health with equipment and to approve the company’s bid for the project.

Defendants will be referred to the general prosecution for investigations.

In February, Menoufiya Governor Hesham Abdel Basset was arrested on charges of receiving a bribe from a businessperson. Similarly, in October 2017, a Governorate of Suez official was arrested while receiving a bribe for illegally issuing construction and quarry licenses.

The ACA 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 its purchasing department were arrested in possession of large sums of money and gold that they received as bribes.

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