Egypt's former Shura Council speaker summoned on corruption charges

Ahram Online, Saturday 30 Mar 2013

Safwat El-Sherif, former Mubarak regime power broker, is to face fresh graft accusations

Safwat el-Sherif
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.

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