Ruling on Mubarak minister accused of selling nature reserve Tuesday

Ahram Online, Tuesday 28 May 2013

Court to decide whether to approve freezing of funds of former agriculture minister accused of selling nature reserve land in Luxor

South Cairo's Criminal Court will issue its verdict on Tuesday on the appeal made by former agriculture minister Youssef Wali. The appeal is against restricting Wali's funds pending investigations into the ministry's corruption cases.

Judge Ahmed Edris has limited the funds of several officials and their families, including Wali; Abdel Hameed Helal, former head of General Authority for Reconstruction and Agricultural Development; and Ali El-Shafei, former chairman of the cooperation for developing livestock. 

The former agriculture minister had his conviction for squandering public funds overturned on 31 January.

In March 2012, Wali and former prime minister Atef Ebeid were sentenced to ten years in jail for squandering more than LE700 million (currently $100,200,000) in public funds in the sale of the Al-Bayadeyah Island nature reserve in Luxor.

Wali served as minister of agriculture from 1982 - 2004. He also served as deputy prime minister and deputy chairman of Hosni Mubarak's now-dissolved National Democratic Party.

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