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ACA arrested head of Egyptian Tax Authority over bribe charges

Egypt’s Administrative Control Authority (ACA) arrested on Friday the head of the Egyptian Tax Authority (ETA) Ali Abdel Azeem Hussein for cases of bribery.

In a statement by ACA, it explained that Hussein has received a bribe from private accountants dealing with ACA. 

Mohamed Moait, Minister of Finance, assigned on Saturday deputy head of the Egyptian Tax Authority Reda Abdel Qader, to continue as interim acting head.

Moait gave instructions to Deputy Minister for Public Treasury Affairs Ihab Abu Aish, to accelerate the pace of work of national projects to modernise the tax system in a way that contributes to strengthening administrative and financial governance.

Moait stressed that “no one is above the law and there is no cover-up on corruption,” according to a statement by the finance ministry.

The minister explained that digitising of tax system will reduce human intervention, ensure tax justice, promote integrity and transparency, and preserve public money.

ACA’s statement noted that the Supreme State Security Prosecution took all necessary legal measures against Hussein, after prosecutor General Hamada El Sawy ordered the State Security Prosecution to investigate the bribery. 

ACA, the state body responsible for enforcing laws and regulations within state bodies, waged a national campaign on corruption in recent years.

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