Court upholds freezing assets of State Council officials involved in bribery

Cairo Criminal Court has upheld the public prosecutor decision which ordered freezing assets of each of Gamal al-Labban, a manager at State Council, Medhat Abdel Sabour, Rabab Abdel Khaleq and former Secretary General of State Council Wael Shalaby and their wives and sons over involvement in bribery.


The court heard testimonies of the suspects — except for the fourth suspect Shalaby, who committed suicide at his detention on Tuesday — reviewed documents and was informed with the prosecution requests.


The court then upheld the prosecutor's decision to temporarily freeze personal assets of the four suspects, their wives and sons.


The court indicated attendance of each of Labban, Abdel Sabour, Abdel Khaleq and wives of Labban and Shalaby.

One of the suspects, resigned Secretary General of the State Council Wael Shalaby, had earlier committed suicide in his detention at Administrative Control Authority in Nasr City, according to a security source from the National Security Sector.

Supreme State Security Prosecution had ordered on Monday remanding Shalaby for four days into custody and freezing his and his family's assets pending investigations on the backdrop of a bribery case in which a manager at the State Council, Gamal al-Labban, had been accused last week, along with two others.

Shalaby was faced with the outcome of interrogations by the Administrative Control Authority over the bribery and the recorded phone calls that revealed his involvement,as well as other evidence submitted by ACA in this regard.


Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm


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