Egypt prosecutor refers top State Council official to trial

Egypt's chief prosecutor Nabil Sadek referred Gamal al-Labban, a manager at the State Council, and two other for trial before criminal court on charges of bribery on Sunday.

The Administrative Control Authority's (ACA) officers arrested the defendants in December and seized bribes estimated at LE150 million from Labban's house.

In the house search, the officers seized LE24 million, US$4 million, €2 million , and one million Saudi riyals, in addition to gold jewelry.

Prior to his arrest, the ACA received the permission from the supreme state security prosecution to watch the purchasing manager, based on information it had received about suspicious operations performed over a month ago. He was allegedly caught in the act of bribery.

One of the suspects, resigned secretary general of the State Council Wael Shalaby, had earlier committed suicide in his detention at ACA in Nasr City, according to a security source from the National Security Sector.

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