Last Update 11:42
Thursday, 14 November 2019

Egyptian anti-corruption activist arrested, investigated for bribery charges

Officially accused of taking bribes, former MP El-Fakharany has made a name for himself in Egypt as a fighter of corruption clashing with large corporations and business tycoons

Ahram Online , Monday 7 Sep 2015
Former MP and anti-corruption activist Hamdi El-Fakranay
Views: 3454
Views: 3454

Former MP Hamdi El-Fakharany, known in Egypt for his anti-corruption activities, was arrested on Sunday evening and is being investigated on charges of bribery, Egypt's interior ministry has announced.

In a statement issued on Monday afternoon, the interior ministry said that a businessman and his lawyer reported El-Fakharany to the ministry’s public funds investigations department for allegedly demanding a LE 3.5 million bribe in return for dropping his lawsuit against the businessman.

El-Fakharany is suing the businessman to claim back land in the governorate of Minya which the latter bought from Nile Cotton Ginning Company.

Nile Cotton Ginning Compay, privatized in 1997, was renationalized by court order after a lawsuit brought to court by El-Fakharany himself in 2011.

The order for renationalization was upheld in 2013 and 2015 by an administrative court.

According to the ministry of interior, the meeting between El-Fakharany and the businessman and his lawyer was recorded and presented as evidence in the Sheikh Ziyad area in Giza.

The renowned corruption activist is being investigated by the prosecution, who have imposed a gag order on the media regarding the case.

ِFormer MP Hamdi El-Fakharany's fame is a result of high-profile corruption-related lawsuits against companies and businessmen over the past ten years including Talaat Mostafa group, Palm Hills group and Gold producer Centamin.

El-Fakharany was arrested in March 2013, accused of inciting violence in the Delta city of Mahalla, but he was released.

Despite announcing he will not run in the upcoming parliamentary elections, El-Fakharany is leading a campaign against religious parties in parliament.

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

09-09-2015 04:00am
Just watched a debate between the accuser and the accused's daughter: 1- The accuser, who seems to have set a trap for Mr. Fakharany, is a former Mubarak's NDP MP, who was previously filmed kissing Mubarak's hand. 2- Throughout the debate, he kept using all sorts of dramatization & pompous words, interrupting others' turn of speech, bullying them verbally & non-verbally, praising government, VIP's & police members he's a friend of. 3- He kept accusing Fakharany of NOT supporting Sisi and police. 4- It's illogical that Mr. Fakhrany would risk taking a bribe in someone ELSE's house where all cameras & 26 police members were waiting in ambush. 5- Mr. Fakharany never opened the bag of money in the first place. The accuser kept claiming he has other embarrassing details he can't say on TV: it seems he had tried to set a "sex scandal" or a similar trick if trap/plan A didn't work. 6- The timing of all this before elections and former Mubark's regime's figures return to politics (who are already half of the cabinet & its head) required cleaning their image off all corruption charges by nothing better than defaming the one suing them.
Comment's Title

08-09-2015 07:10pm
Cleaning corruption
This smells like an effort to clean "Corruption investigators" not corruption.
Comment's Title

© 2010 Ahram Online.