Justice Begins: Egypt Arrests Ex-Ministers

An Egyptian prosecutor on Thursday ordered the detention of three ex-ministers and a prominent businessman pending trial on suspicion of wasting public funds.

The prosecutor dealing with financial crimes said former Interior Minister Habib el-Adli, former Tourism Minister Zuhair Garana, former Housing Minister Ahmed el-Maghrabi and steel magnate Ahmed Ezz must be held for 15 days. All four have denied any wrongdoing.

Suspicions of official graft helped fuel popular anger that led to the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak last week. The charges are seen as a move by the army-led interim government to quell the unrest.

The public prosecutor also froze the accounts of Adli and his family members on accusations that over $680,000 were transferred to his personal account by a head of a contractor company, state TV said on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the United States announced on Thursday that it was giving Egypt $150 million in crucial economic assistance to help the key US ally transition towards democracy following the overthrow of long time president Mubarak.

“I am pleased to announce today that we will be reprogramming $150 million for Egypt to put ourselves in a position to support the transition there and assist with their economic recovery,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

Complete article via Al Jazeera

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One Comment to “Justice Begins: Egypt Arrests Ex-Ministers”

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