Egypt's former Customs Authority head sentenced to 10 years in prison for corruption

Ahram Online , Thursday 4 Apr 2019

Egypt's customs authority

A criminal court in Egypt's Port Said sentenced on Thursday the former head of the country's Customs Authority to 10 years in prison on charges of corruption and bribery.

The court acquitted seven other defendants in the case.  

The case dates back to July 2018 when Egypt's Prosecutor-General Nabil Sadek ordered the detention of Gamal Abdel-Azim, the head of the Customs Authority at time, pending investigations into charges of receiving bribes and dereliction of duty.

Abdel-Azim faced accusations of receiving bribes in exchange for facilitating the entry of goods into the country without the payment of the required customs duties.

According to the prosecution, Abdel-Azim had directed his subordinates to issue fake reports to reduce fines on goods that had been seized in several smuggling cases.

The country’s anti-corruption authorities have been waging a campaign targeting high-level graft in recent years.

Authorities arrested the governor of the Nile Delta province of Menoufiya in January, and the deputy governor of Alexandria in August 2018, both on corruption allegations.

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