Egypt court upholds 10-year sentence against former head of Customs Authority for bribery

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Sunday 23 Feb 2020

The former head of the Customs Authority was sentenced last year to 10 years in prison for receiving bribes

Cassation Court

Egypt's top appeals court, the Court of Cassation, upheld on Sunday a 10-year jail sentence against the former head of the country's Customs Authority over bribery charges.

Gamal Abdelazim was arrested in July 2018 and sentenced in April of the following year for receiving bribes and using his position to allow the entry of goods into the country without the payment of the required customs duties. Abdelazim also reduced customs fees and issued licenses for four warehouses in exchange for bribes.

He was also fined EGP 768,000 ($49,300) and removed from office over the case. Six other defendants charged in the case were acquitted.

Sunday's verdict is final and cannot be appealed.

The country’s anti-corruption authorities have been waging a campaign against high-level graft in recent years, arresting a number of senior officials over corruption and bribery.

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