CAIRO: Egypt’s Cabinet denied in a statement Thursday the involvement of other ministers in the recent agriculture ministry corruption case, Youm7 reported.
During its Thursday meeting, the Cabinet announced that the former Minister of Agriculture is the only official involved in the bribery case, which reflects the unrecorded transparency of the political leadership.
On Monday, the Minister of Agriculture Salah Helal was arrested over accusations of requesting and taking bribes.
The High State Security Prosecution said in a statement Monday that Helal and other ministry officials face charges of facilitating the sale of 2,500 acres in Wadi al-Natroun city in the Delta’s Beheira Governorate.
The bribe includes giving one of the defendants a membership at Al-Ahly sports club worth 140,000 EGP ($17,880), clothes worth 230,000 EGP ($29,370); two mobile phones worth 11,000 EGP ($1,140.) The deal also included an Iftar banquet in a hotel for 14,500 EGP ($ 1,851), securing pilgrimage trips to 14 relatives of the accused for 70,000 SAR ($18,663) each, and a housing unit at the 6 October City that worth 8.25 million EGP ($2.2 million.)
The prosecution also imposed media gag on the investigations. Media reports have said that new Cabinet reshuffle will take place soon.
The Minister submitted his resignation as per President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s directions and the Minister of Irrigation Houssam Moghazy was mandated to take on his duties pending the appointment of a new agriculture minister.