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Egyptian senior judge found dead on Monday committed suicide: Prosecutor-general

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Thursday 5 Jan 2017
Nabil Sadek
Nabil Sadek, Egypt's prosecutor-general
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Former Secretary-General of Egypt's State Council Wael Shalaby, who was found dead in police custody earlier this week, committed suicide, a statement from the prosecutor-general said on Thursday.

Shalaby was discovered dead in custody on Monday, which sources at the State Security Prosecution attributed at the time to suicide.

Shalaby had been arrested on Sunday and given a 44-day detention pending investigation on corruption charges.

According to the forensic report on the deceased judge’s body received by the general prosecution, there were no signs of foul play.

“(Shalaby’s) body had no injuries that would point to criminal violence or resisting [violence],” the statement read.

“According to the Forensic report there were no traces of poisonous or narcotic substances in the urine and blood samples examined,” it added.

Shalaby resigned from his post on Saturday, days after a procurement manager at the State Council, Gamal El-Laban, was charged with receiving bribes worth millions of Egyptian pounds.

Shalaby also faced accusations of receiving a bribe while in office.

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