Egypt ex-minister jailed for corruption



A Court in Egypt has sentenced a former agriculture minister, Salah Eddin Helal and his office manager to 10 years in prison after finding them guilty of corruption.

Helal was also fined $110,000 (£80,000), while his chief-of-staff, Muhyidin Said’s fine was $55,000.

Helal resigned in September when he was arrested on suspicion of taking bribes in return for land licences.

Prosecutors said the bribes included a luxury home, membership of an exclusive sports club, and high-end clothing.

The businessman, who paid the bribe and another who facilitated it were spared jail because they confessed, a judicial official told the AFP news agency.

The corruption scandal prompted the resignation of Ibrahim Mehleb’s government, and Mr. Mehleb’s subsequent replacement by Ismail Sharif.

Egypt was ranked 88th out of 168 countries on Transparency International’s 2015 corruption perceptions index.

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