Daily News Egypt

Former agriculture minister receives 10-year prison sentence - Daily News Egypt

Advertising Area

Advertising Area

Former agriculture minister receives 10-year prison sentence

Helal, ministerial officials have been accused of accepting EGP 8m in bribes

Cairo Criminal Court on Monday sentenced former agriculture minister Salah Helal to 10 years in prison and ordered that he pay a fine of EGP 1m.

Helal had been charged with accepting bribes while in public office.

The former minister was sentenced along with his former deputy Mohey El-Din Qaddah. However, Qaddah received a fine of EGP 500,000. Two other defendants were acquitted from the trial.

In September 2015, the prosecution released a statement detailing the amount of money ministerial officials received as “presents” in exchange for a personal favour for a businessman.

The favour, in the case of Helal, pertained to issuing official documents concerning an agricultural holding of 2,500 acres in Wadi Al-Natrun.

Helal and Qaddah received varied forms of bribery, notably a house worth EGP 8.25m in a residential compound in 6 October City, EGP 230,000 worth of clothes, and travel expenses for 16 family members to perform the Hajj pilgrimage at a cost of nearly EGP 145,000 (SR 70,000) per person.

The prosecution also details several other services provided to the two defendants: EGP 140,000 membership to the Al-Ahly sporting club, EGP 14,500 on an Iftar ceremony held at a hotel, and EGP 11,000 for two mobile phones.

Prosecution authorities imposed a ‘media gag’ in the case which is still being enforced, excepting with the official statements issued by the prosecution authority.

Advertising Area

Breaking News

No current breaking news

Receive our daily newsletter