Graft investigations against Egypt presidential candidate Shafiq begin
Ahram Online, Tuesday 15 May 2012
Public Funds Prosecution on Monday listens to MP Sultan's testimony in Shafiq's graft investigation; Mubarak's last prime minister denies accusations


Public Funds Prosecution started investigating presidential candidateAhmed Shafiq's graft case on Monday evening.

Last week MP Essam Sultan accused Mubarak's last prime minister of squandering public funds and facilitating the sale of 40,000 metres of land for Alaa Mubarak and Gamal Mubarak, the sons of former president Mubarak.

Sultan gave testimony to the Public Funds Prosecution on Monday.

He accused Shafiq of selling the land for 75 piastres per metre instead of LE8 per metre and exploiting his position as head of the Young Air Force Officers Association by selling thousands of acres of state land in Ismailiya in 1993.

Shafiq refuted the accusations at a press conference on Monday held at Shafiq's villa in the Dokki district of Cairo.

Shafiq slammed Sultan, saying he was a former state security informant, who now dedicates a significant amount of time and effortto tarnishing Shafiq's image during the ongoingpresidentialpolls.

Three weeks ago, Shafiq was charged with 35 charges of corruption and squandering public money.

Egypt's first post-Mubarak presidential poll will be held on 23 and 24 May, with a runoff vote if necessary on 16 and 17 June.

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