Egypt agriculture minister quits, arrested in graft probe
Salah Halal “resigned on the orders of the president,” a statement from the prime minister’s office said.
He was detained on leaving the premier’s office, a judicial source told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“He was arrested as part of an investigation into a major case of corruption in his ministry,” the official MENA news agency reported.
Officials at the ministry are alleged to have taken bribes to help businessmen illegally acquire state land, a prosecution official and media reports said.
The prosecution service had last week banned media from publishing any information about the case.