CAIRO: Some 56 journalists including five former editors-in-chief of the state-owned al-Ahram newspaper are now under investigation over embezzling public money, Youm7 reported.
Press Syndicate member Yasser Abdel-Hadi filed a complaint against the journalists for allegedly stealing 500 state-owned acres, with an estimated worth of 0.5 billion EGP (around $63.8 million) in the Mediterranean Northern Coast.
Per the complaint, the accused illegally sold plots of the land, gaining millions of pounds since 2007; the Law of State’s Properties prohibits squatting or buying public lands.
In early November, Egyptian Authorities arrested business tycoon Salah Diab, the founder of al-Masry al-Youm newspaper, over accusations of corruption and stealing public money; he and his son released on bail pending investigations. He also was charged with possessing ammunition and guns in his villa.
Former Minister of Agriculture Salah Hilal and other three defendants including a journalist have been brought to justice over charges of requesting and taking bribes for facilitating the sale of 2,500 acres in Wadi al-Natroun city in Delta’s Beheira Governorate. Their trial was scheduled to be held on Dec. 12.