Egypt Agriculture Minister Arrested on Graft Charges

Egypt\'s Agriculture Minister was arrested after he was forced to resign for his alleged \"involvement in a corruption case\" in his ministry.

Published: 07th September 2015 09:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th September 2015 09:46 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

CAIRO: Egypt's Agriculture Minister was arrested today shortly after he was forced to resign for his alleged "involvement in a corruption case" in his ministry.

Salah Helal, 59, was arrested shortly after the Egyptian cabinet released a statement saying that his "resignation has been accepted" upon a request by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

Several agriculture ministry officials are being investigated on corruption allegations, state-run Al Ahram reported.

The resignation stemmed from Helal's alleged "involvement in a corruption case," the report said without providing details.

In August, the assistant and director of the agriculture minister's office was arrested and accused of corruption and receiving bribes from businessmen to facilitate the allocation of state land.

Graft at many levels has blighted the Arab world's most populous country.

In July, a court sentenced a former prime minister of ousted president Hosni Mubarak to five years in prison for corruption and fined him millions of dollars.

Ahmed Nazif had been accused of corrupt property deals and receiving illegal bonuses.

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