Egypt Politics digest July 22: Money waste revealed in property taxes in Minya; media gag on bribery accusations against Judge
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Media gag imposed on bribery accusations against Alexandria Judge

Top prosecutor Nabil Sadiq issued a media gag on investigations into bribery accusations drawn against a judge in Alexandria, Al-Shorouq newspaper reported Thursday.


Money waste revealed in property taxes in Minya

The Central Auditing Organization in Upper Egypt’s Minya governorate revealed a money waste in property taxes estimated at 100 million EGP, according to Al-Shorouq news website.

The waste as announced by the organization was as a result of not modifying rental value of some agricultural arable land and lack of link between factories, tourist hotels, quarries and mobile networks, which deprived the general budget a part of its resources.


Preachers to be surveyed on applying unified written sermons

The religious sub-committee at the parliament will conduct a survey among preachers regarding their opinion on the “written sermon,” which require all imams to read a unified sermon from a pre-written paper instead of improvisation, a decision that has triggered a wide criticism among preachers and some politicians who saw it as “killing preacher’s skills.”


Egypt, Norwegian, U.K. FMs talk ISIS, Palestine

Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry met with his Norwegian and U.K. counterparts Thursday on the sidelines of a ministerial meeting for the international coalition against the Islamic State (IS) group, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.

The meetings tackled international efforts exerted against the IS group, Libya’ and Syria’s crisis, Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations.


Morsi demanded release of MBs during his reign: ex-prisons’ head

Former head of Prisons Authority Mohamed Naguib told Youm7 that he rejected a demand by President Mohamed Morsi, before his ouster in July 2013, to release a number of imprisoned members of the Muslim Brotherhood group.

Naguib also said that he has confiscated a gold coin with former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif, when he was serving a prison term, as well as amounts of money with Mubarak’s parliament speaker Fathy Sorour.



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