UPDATE: Egypt Politics digest Aug.7: Egypt’s prosecution orders travel ban on silo owners involved in wheat fraud
Egypt's Attorney General Nabil Sadek


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Egypt’s prosecution orders travel ban on silo owners involved in wheat fraud

Egypt’s Attorney General Nabil Sadek has ordered travel bans on several private silo owners pending investigations over corruption in local wheat procurement, Youm7 reported Sunday.

The prosecution has informed the passport and immigration department, authorities at all Egyptian ports and airports with names of fugitive silo owners, according to a statement from the prosecution.

The silo owners are suspected of claiming higher quantities of wheat than they are actually storing in order to boost government payments on highly subsidized local wheat.

local wheat suppliers had fraudulently claimed 621 million EGP ($69.93 million) worth of the local grain during the past year’s harvest, Sadek was quoted by Reuters on Sunday.

In June, the parliament has formed a fact finding committee to probe into the case after an unusually high procurement figure prompted widespread fraud allegations from senior industry officials, traders and lawmakers.


Parliament initially approves amendments to Police Law

Egypt’s parliament on Sunday has initially approved amendments to a draft law regulating the work of police personnel, Youm7 reported.

The new law comprises two bills presented by the government to amend some eight provisions of the Police Authority Law no. 109 of 1971.

They are related to the conduit and discipline of police personnel and the formation of the country’s Supreme Council for Police.

According to the new law, policemen would be banned from holding guns when they are not on duty, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Magdy Al Agati was quoted by Youm7.


Parliament observes minute of silence in honor of Zewail

Egypt’s parliament members have observed a minute of silence in honor of Egyptian Nobel laureate Ahmed Zewail whose funeral was held earlier on Sunday.

During the general session, House of Representatives Speaker Ali Abdel Aal said he extends his condolences to the Egyptian people over the death of Zuwail, who “provided valuable scientific services for humanity and initiated an unprecedented scope in science and technology.”

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi attended along with several statesmen and public Zweail, 70, died in the US on Tuesday and his body arrived in Cairo for burial on Saturday.


Sisi attends funeral of Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail in New Cairo

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi attended the funeral of late Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail at the Fifth Settlement in New Cairo, Youm7 reported Sunday.

Zweail, 70, died in the US on Tuesday and his body arrived in Cairo for burial on Saturday. Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and other statesmen will be present.

Another funeral will take off from Zewail City for Science and Technology, where researchers and students can attend to bid farewell to the great chemist.

Security forces intensified their presence in the vicinity of Marshal Hussein Mosque at the Fifth Settlement, where funeral rituals will begin. The dead body goes to its final resting place in the 6th October City.


Egypt’s FM meets with Libyan parliamentary delegation

Egyptian Minister Sameh Shoukry will meet with a Libyan parliamentary delegation at the Egyptian Ministry headquarters in Cairo Sunday, according to a statement from the Egyptian Ministry.

The Libyan delegation has arrived in Egypt Saturday and met with Egyptian House of Representatives Speaker Ali Abdel-Aal and a number of parliamentarians, discussing the latest developments in Libya.


Egypt re-asks Interpol to arrest fugitives from justice

Egypt has renewed its request to the Interpol to arrest a number of fugitives from justice, including former President Hosni Mubarak’s era men and former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi’s era men, Youm7 reported.

The request includes the former Minister of Finance Youssef Botros Ghali, who faces charges of profiteering and wasting public money. However, there are negotiations to reconcile with the government.

The Interpol has been notified to remove name of Mubarak-era business tycoon Hussein Salem from its Red Notice lists, security source told Youm7 Wednesday.

The move comes after Illicit Gains Authority Chairman Adel al-Saeed has announced on a reconciliation deal agreed between the authority and Salem and his family members following a deal in return for 5.3 billion EGP ($0.58 b.)

The current freeze on his Egyptian properties will be removed as a part of the deal, said Saeed.


Cairo court resumes trial to lift Shafiq’a name from travel ban list

North Cairo Court will resume considering the trial of former presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq to lift his name from the travel ban list.

Shafiq has left Cairo in 2012 after his rival Mohamed Morsi won the presidential race.

Shafiq currently resides in the United Arab Emirates, but is wanted for pending cases with the military judiciary over alleged financial irregularities during his tenure as a civil aviation minister in 2002-2011; so his name is flagged throughout Egyptian airport systems.

He served as prime minister January-March 2011 and lost the 2012 presidential election to Mohamed Morsi with 48.2 percent of the vote. Soon after his defeat, Shafiq flew to the UAE. He has since claimed the election was flawed.

During his stay in the UAE, Shafiq, a former fighter pilot, has released a number of statements critical of Egyptian politics.


Parliament to form fact-finding for garbage issue

Egyptian House of Representatives forms a fact-finding committee to see solution of the garbage issue in Egypt, Youm7 reported Sunday.

Egypt’s total amount of household waste that has been disposed in 2014 reached 12.1 million tons (44,000 million cubic meters,) the Central Agency for Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) stated in a report in November 2015.

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