Egypt prosecution releases 11 education ministry officials accused of leaking exams

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 20 Jun 2016

Only one official is still in detention

Students take an exam in one of the Al-Azhar institutes in Cairo, Egypt (Reuters)
Students take an exam in one of the Al-Azhar institutes in Cairo, Egypt (Reuters)

A Cairo prosecution on Monday ordered the release pending trial of all but one of the 12 education ministry officials who were accused of leaking secondary school exams.

The official who is still in detention was reported to have been responsible for printing the final version of the exams, known as Thanaweya Amma, after they were prepared by a technical committee.

The prosecution and the interior ministry's internet department are still investigating the leak incident that took place for the fourth year in a row for the general secondary certificate examinations.

The prosecution arrested the 12 ministry officials on 6 June for 15 days pending investigations into the leak.

They are employees in the education ministry whose job was to print the exams.

Meanwhile, Egypt's interior ministry announced on Monday in a statement that ten more suspects who are related to the currently detained education ministry official were arrested, including his wife.

The interior ministry added that according to the investigations, the suspected education ministry official and his wife have been leaking the high school exams since 2014.

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