Egypt's Fathi Sorour released as corruption probe continues

Ahram Online, Tuesday 23 Oct 2012

Appeal court releases Mubarak-era parliamentary speaker Fathi Sorour while corruption investigation against him continues

Fathi Sorour
Fathi Sorour (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Former parliamentary speaker Fathi Sorour was released from prison without bail on Tuesday after an appeal court ruled that corruption accusations against him were not serious enough to keep him in detention.

Egypt's illicit Gains Authority (IGA) filed an appeal in turn against the court ruling, arguing that investigations are still on going and that Sorour could manipulate evidence if released.

Sorour is being investigated by the IGA in relation to corruption charges.

On 10 October, Sorour was among 25 Mubarak-era figures to be acquitted of orchestrating one of the revolution's most notorious events when thugs riding horses and camels entered Tahrir Square to attack protesters, leaving 11 dead and hundreds injured.

Sorour had been remanded in custody since 20 April, spending the bulk of his time in Tora Prison with other Mubarak-era officials.

Sorour is considered one of the heavyweights of the Mubarak era. He served as parliamentary speaker from 1990 until the revolution in 2011. He also served as education minister.

He was succeeded as speaker by the Muslim Brotherhood's Saad El-Katatni.

The first post-revolution parliament was dissolved by the then ruling military council in June 2012 after it was found unconstitutional by Egypt's High Constitutional Court (HCC). Fresh parliamentary elections are expected to take place early next year.

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