CAIRO: Former Minister of Agriculture Salah Helal was sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined of 1 million EGP ( $112,000) for corruption, Youm7 reported Monday.
Mohy Qadh, another high official at the ministry, was also sentenced to 10 years, and was fined500,000 EGP. The remaining two co-defendants, businessman Ayman el-Gamil and Mohamed Fouda were cleared of the charges.
The four were accused of requesting and taking bribes for facilitating the sale of 2,500 acres in Wadi al-Natroun city in Delta’s Beheira Governorate, according to a statement from the National Security Prosecution.
On Sept.7, Helal was arrested outside the Cabinet headquarters after submitting his resignation from his post. A media gag was imposed on the investigations in the same day. The arrest was followed by a governmental reshuffle.