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Prosecution orders detention of advisor to health minister on corruption charges

CAIRO, May 31 (Aswat Masriya) – Egyptian prosecution ordered on Tuesday the detention of an advisor to health minister for four days on charges of receiving a bribe worth EGP 4.5 million.

Officers from the administrative control authority arrested Doctor Ahmed Aziz last Sunday while receiving the bribe in the form of cheques from one the medical equipment and supplies companies.

The officers arrested Aziz from his office at the ministry and said that Aziz received the bribe in return of illegally facilitating the equipping of a marrow transplant unit in one of the public hospitals.

The prosecution is set to summon the health minister to hear his testimony in the case.

Last April, an Egyptian court sentenced former agriculture minister Salah Helal for receiving a bribe valued at more than EGP 11 million.

Helal was arrested early September after he submitted his resignation to then-Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb, whose cabinet resigned days after Helal’s arrest.

Egypt ranked 88th out of 168 countries on Transparency International’s 2015 corruption perceptions index which ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be.

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