Egypt Independent

Egypt’s Tax Authority head caught receiving bribes



The Egyptian Administrative Control Authority on Friday arrested Abdel-Azim Hussein Abdel-Azim, head of the Egyptian Tax Authority, after he was caught receiving bribes from auditors dealing with the Authority.

Abdel-Azim had been recently reinstated for a new tenure as the head of the Egyptian Tax Authority.

Sources at the Finance Ministry said that Reda Abdel-Qader, the deputy of Abdel-Azim, is now tasked to conduct the authority’s work until a new head is appointed.

The Egyptian Public Prosecutor ordered the Supreme State Security Prosecution to investigate the incident.

A statement by the Public Prosecutor’s Office, on Friday evening, explained that the Administrative Control Authority had arrested the suspect after it was confirmed that he received financial sums and gifts as a bribe through telephone conversations and meetings.

The Public Prosecution called upon various media outlets to investigate the accuracy of their news reported on the incident, and to abide by official statements that will be issued by the Public Prosecution.

Judicial sources said that the head of the Tax Authority and three accountants suspected in the bribery case arrived on Friday at the headquarters of the State Security Prosecution in the Fifth Settlement to begin investigations.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm