Former minister of culture faces corruption investigation

Ahram Online, Thursday 24 Feb 2011

The former minister of culture Farouk Hosni has been forbidden to travel abroad until the allegations against him are investigated

Farouk Hosni
Former Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosni at the UNESCO headquarters in September 2009 [photo: Reuters]

The documents that will be scrutinised include those concerning the renovation of the arts academy in Rome, the money spent on his nomination for the post of the head of UNESCO, lighting the citadel, files related to the Alexandria festival and the transportation of the Ramses statue, among others.

Hosni was on the phone with the presenter of the talk show, El Hayah El Youm, and denied all allegations against him, declaring that he did not profit in his 23 years in the post. He also said that he has documents that will exonerate him.

The former minister of culture went on to say that the LE27 million that was spent on his nomination for UNESCO was returned and maintained that it was all spent on travel and accommodation.

Concerning the appointment of Mohamed El Sawy, the founder and manager of the cultural venue El Sawy Culturewheel, as the new minister of culture,  Hosni said that he has a huge challenge in front of him as it’s not an easy ministry to manage and has 17 large establishments under its supervision.

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