Media gag imposed in CAO chairperson inquiry
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CAIRO: Egypt’s Attorney General Nabil Ahmed Sadek imposed Wednesday evening a media gag on investigations into the Central Auditing Organization (CAO) Report on Corruption, according to a statement from the Attorney General’s Office.

Only statements or press releases issued by the General Prosecution will be allowed for publication, the statement added.

The CAO chairperson Hesham Genena told some media outlets in December 2015 that corruption in 2015 amounted to 600 billion EGP ($75 billion.) President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has ordered to form a fact-finding committee to investigate Genena’s remarks.

The Committee issued Jan. 12 its report on Genena’s remarks, debunking his claims on corruption. Youm7 newspaper published  a summary of the committee’s report, noting that Genena’s account of corruption includes incidents years before 2015.

A total of 174 billion EGP in encroachments upon lands in Sadat city was calculated as part of the corruption value although they had been removed, according to Youm7.

On Jan. 13, a lawyer filed a request to the Attorney General, calling for putting Genena on travel watch-list pending the investigations.

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