Egypt confiscates ex-information minister's assets

10:11, April 19, 2011      

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Egypt's Ministry of Justice on Monday ordered to confiscate former Information Minister Anas el- Fekki's fixed, liquidated assests and real estates, state media reported.

El-Fekki's secret accounts inside and outside Egypt has been ordered to be revealed, official MENA agency quoted assistant minister of justice for illicit gains authority Assem el-Gohary as saying.

The former minister was detained in February for investigations on suspicion of profiteering and wasting public funds and gaining wealth that does not match his income as a minister.

Initial investigations showed el-Fekki asked for 36 million Egyptian pounds (6 million U.S. dollars) from the finance ministry to fund the media campaigns for parliamentary elections and also to promote the achievements made during Mubarak's 30-year rule.

Wave of questionings and investigations on corruption have swept Egypt after the massive protests erupted for 18 days to force the whole former regime to step down.

Former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons were detained to be questioned over using violence against anti-Mubarak protesters and misusing their power and the public funds for their own interests.

El-Fekki was appointed as the minister of youth in 2004 and minister of information in 2005 in Ahmad Nazif's cabinet until he resigned on Feb. 12, one day after Mubarak's step down.

Source: Xinhua
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