Barakat orders investigation into funding allegations against Sabbahi
Attorney General HishamBarakat - YOUM7/Hossam Atef
By AYA IBRAHIM

CAIRO: Attorney General Hisham Barakat ordered the East Cairo Prosecution to investigate a lawsuit against the potential presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi on Tuesday.

On the second day of collecting presidential endorsements, lawyer Azab al-Sayed Makhlouf filed a lawsuit against Sabbahi accusing him of receiving funds from some Egyptian businessmen, and asked him to reveal the real reason behind giving him such funds.

Makhlouf claimed that he has an official documents confirming that the owner of Oriental Weavers company supplied Sabbahi’s campaign with a huge sum of money, without proof of business relations.

A YouTube video showing footage of Sabbahi’s interview on CBC channel was posted in October 2012, alleging that he was receiving funds from Iran, as he had promised in his last presidential campaign to encourage Iranian tourism, and to boost Egyptian-Iranian relations.

Sabahi’s campaign denied all the charges against them, saying that “Oriental Weavers had supplied all the candidates in the 2012 Egyptian presidential election with a huge sum of money,” according to Nogoom Misr News.

The spokesperson for Sabbahi’s campaign, Masoum Marzouk told Youm7 Tuesday that Sabbahi is a popular candidate who depends on Egypt’s lower middle class to support his campaign.

Several political parties demanded two days ago that the High Presidential Elections Committee impose strict control measures on presidential campaign funding, which is set at 20 million EGP (U.S. $2.87 million).

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