Health minister adviser remanded in custody over bribery charges

South Cairo Prosecution ordered Tuesday for the remand in custody of health minister adviser Ahmed Abdel Aziz for four days over accusations of receiving bribe worth a total of LE4.5 million from medical equipment and supplies companies.

Al-Masry Al-Youm was able to obtain details of the prosecutors' investigations into the case.

The prosecution heard the testimonies of the suspect and the individual who filed complaint against him in a preliminary hearing that lasted around six hours. The suspect faces charges of bribery and squandering public money.

According to the police report of the arrest, after permission was granted for Aziz' arrest, two vehicles from the Administrative Control Authority and the public prosecution were sent to the suspect's office inside the Health Ministry headquarters on Monday. According to the report, Aziz saw the authority personnel entering the building from his office window and attempted to escape. He was pursued and arrested.

His office was searched, and two cheques for a large amount of money were found hidden beneath his desk. His person was searched, and two other cheques were discovered.

The police report stated that before the authorities had entered the office, Aziz had stashed two of the four cheques under his desk and hidden the other two in his socks.

Upon the arrest of Aziz, Health Minister Ahmed Emad Eddin called for a committee to be formed to look over all contracts and tenders that took place within the last nine months.

The minister refused to comment on the incidents.


Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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