Haram district chief detained pending investigation into bribery charges

Ahram Online, Thursday 9 Aug 2018

Egypt prosecutors order detention of Al-Haram district chief over bribery charges (Photo: Ahram Arabic Gate)

The Egyptian prosecution has ordered the detention of the municipal district chief of Giza's Haram district for four days pending investigations into charges of bribery and abuse of power.

Prosecutors say that Ibrahim Abdel-Ati, who was arrested on Tuesday, looked the other way in the face of the illegal construction of buildings in the district in return for bribes from construction firms.

Three other businessmen were also ordered to be detained alongside Abdel-Ati over accusations of offering bribes in cash and apartments.

Abdel-Ati is the latest in a number of municipal district chiefs who have been arrested over corruption charges in recent months.

In June, authorities arrested the chief of Cairo's Al-Dokki district on suspicion of taking bribes from businessmen to allow illegal construction of a building in the area.

Egypt’s Administrative Control Authority, the country's anti-corruption watchdog, has in recent months opened several graft-related cases involving top state officials including the head of the country's Customs Authority last month, the head of the state Food Industries Holding Company in May, and the Menoufiya governor in January.

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