El-Sayed and El-Erian wasted syndicate funds, complaint says

Ahram Online, Monday 4 Apr 2011

The chairman and treasurer of the Doctors Syndicate are accused of channeling syndicate money to political causes

A complaint has been filed against Hamdy El-Sayed, chairman of the Doctor’s Syndicate, and Muslim Brotherhood's spokesman Essam El-Erian, the syndicate treasurer, for misappropriation of syndicate funds.

The complaint was filed by Dr Ahmed Abdel Salam to General Prosecutor Abdel Megeed Mahmoud. He accused the duo of using syndicate funds to publish thousands of flyers and street banners to urge people to participate in the 19 March constitutional amendments referendum.

According to Abdel Salam, this action violated syndicate regulations and directed funds to the support of certain political groups.

Abdel Salam said he had previously filed a complaint against both El-Sayed and El-Erian for spending money on newspaper ads congratulating members of the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Higher Education on their appointments. He added that members of the syndicate end up financing these ads. The complaint was sent to the Kasr El-Nil Prosecution Office, but investigations were suspended with the 25 January Revolution.

Abdel Salam highlighted that the Central Auditing Organisation (CAO) documented that the syndicate spent LE842 thousand on newspaper ads which he considers to be wasted funds.

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