4 Irrigation Ministry officials to stand trial over wasting public money
Resigned Minister of Agriculture Salah Helal - YOUM7

CAIRO: Four officials of the Ministry of Irrigation have been referred to court accused of squandering public money, Youm7 reported Wednesday.

In October, the officials were arrested for allegedly accepting a 100,000 EGP ($12,450) bribe in exchange for licensing a club with a Nile River view.

A ministry official told Youm7 that the trio had agreed to a 60,000 EGP down payment, and were expecting to receive the rest after the club’s licensing.

The officials were three administrators and an engineer.

Following their arrest, the Irrigation Minister Hossam Moghazi announced forming a committee to address corruption in the ministry, per orders from the presidency to root out graft.

The former minister of agriculture Salah Helal was arrested in mid-September for corruption, hours after he tendered his resignation to President Sisi. A subsequent inquiry led to 11 ministry officials being charged with embezzlement.

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