CAIRO: Steel tycoon Ahmed Ezz appealed Tuesday the High Elections Committee decision excluding him from running in March’s scheduled parliament elections, Youm7 reported.
The Mubarak-era figure who has faced numerous corruption charges, challenged the decision in the Menoufia governorate’s administrative court.
Ezz announced earlier he planned to run elections as the representative of Sadat city in Menoufia; and despite some negative political reactions, he issued his papers to the HEC that refused his request Sunday for not submitting the necessary financial disclosures, instead submitting forms for his wife’s accounts.
Youm7 reported Sunday Ezz’s lawyer, Mohamed Hamuda, announced he would study the ruling in order to appeal it as soon as possible.
The HEC set a Feb.21 deadline for candidates submit their registration applications, and the final selected candidates were announced the following day.
Ezz was arrested following the January 25 Revolution; he faced charges along with the former Industry Minister Ibrahim Mohamadeen, for profiteering and misuse of public funds.
On March 2013, Ezz was sentenced to 37 years in jail. He appealed the verdict, and the case was later dropped; he was released after paying 100M EGP($13.9 million.)
In November 2014, Egypt’s Court of Cassation reduced the fine against him from 100 million EGP to 10 million EGP; however the re-trial of his case is still ongoing