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Egypt's ex-agriculture minister detention time extended pending investigations

The detention of Egypt's ex-agriculture minister, Wali, who is being investigated for importing carcinogenic pesticides, has been extended another 15 days

Ahram Online, Monday 8 Aug 2011

The detention of former agriculture minister Youssef Wali has been extended for another 15 days, pending further investigations and interrogations.

Wali is accused of importing cancer-causing pesticides during his tenure, which some people claim prompted the number of cancer patients in Egypt to soar in the past years.

He is also indicted on a charge of public funds squandering.

Wali is said to have sold a piece of government land to fugitive businessman, Hussein Salem, for LE8 million ($1,355,000), although it is actually estimated to be worth LE208 million ($35,500,000).

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