Former senior officials of Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party, NDP, Safwat el-Sherif (Photo: AP)
Egypt's Public Funds Prosecution has summoned Safwat El-Sherif, former speaker of the Shura Council (Egypt's upper house of parliament), seeking to question him on corruption charges, Mostafa El-Husseini, attorney general of the prosecution said Saturday.
El-Sherif, known as the confidante of toppled president Hosni Mubarak, is accused of granting illegal privileges to specific journalists, El-Husseini told Ahram Online.
In December, El-Sherif was released on LE50,000 ($8,200) bail after he was cleared of graft accusations and involvement in the infamous "Battle of the Camel."
The "Battle of the Camel" took place on 2 February, 2011 when plain-clothed assailants, some on horse and camelback, attacked a sit-in at Cairo’s Tahrir Square, leaving at least 21 protesters dead and hundreds injured.