Ex-officials return LE70 mln in illegal newspaper gifts

Sources at state daily Al-Gomhurriya revealed Tuesday that 32 former officials had returned a collective LE70 million to prosecutors for illegal gifts handed out as bribes by government media.  

According to the newspaper, ex-President Hosni Mubarak paid LE2 million, while former Defense Minister Hussein Tantawi returned LE31, 479.

Ex-presidential staff Zakariya Azmy paid back LE76,000.

The sources added that former Central Bank Governor Farouk al-Oqda also returned LE15,000, with former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly giving back LE80,000.

However, the newspaper said former Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud and his assistant Adnan al-Fangari did not return LE45,000 and LE7,000 as ordered.

The Public Funds Prosecution began its investigation into the so-called newspaper gifts case in February after authorities uncovered the practice at several state-run media organizations.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm


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