Police forces arrested the head of the Egyptian Customs Authority, Gamal Abdel-Azim, on charges of corruption, after he was detained while receiving a bribe, according to the Administrative Control Authority (ACA).
The ACA, the authority that ordered the arrest of Abdel-Azim, said that he received a bribe of EGP 1m from a textile merchant.
Abdel-Azim was just appointed two months ago as the head of the Egyptian Customs Authority.
The ACA has been actively trying to tackle corruption cases across various entities in Egypt. Among the incidents monitored in December 2016 was a corruption case related to the State Council, in which three officials in the purchasing department were arrested in possession of large sums of money and gold that they received as bribes. The report referred to the State Council officials’ case as “one of the biggest corruption cases in Egypt.”