Egypt’s Administrative Control Authority (ACA) arrested on Wednesday the Mayor of Marsa Alam Ehab Farghaly for receiving a bribe from the owner of a commercial shop to issue an operating license in violation of the law, according to the ACA.
“The defendant exploited the power of his job and career status,” the ACA said, adding that issuing the license was in violation of the Red Sea Governor’s decisions regarding the regulation of shops in residential areas.
The Authority will refer Farghaly to the public prosecution for further investigation.
During a phone interview with MBC Masr TV Channel, the Governor of Egypt’s Red Sea Governorate Amr Hanafy said that the governor is the only executive power with the right to issue operating licenses to shops, adding that all previous decisions issued by Farghaly are now under review.
Earlier this January, the ACA also arrested Abdel-Azim Hussein Abdel-Azim, head of the Egyptian Tax Authority, after he was caught receiving bribes from auditors.
Abdel-Azim had recently been reinstated for a new tenure as the head of the Egyptian Tax Authority.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm