Investigation begins into theft of foreign aid money

The Public Funds Prosecution (PFP) on Wednesday instructed official supervisory bodies to commence investigations into the theft of foreign aid funds intended for the “Reading For All” cultural program and other cultural activities, in which Suzanne Mubarak, wife of deposed President Hosni Mubarak, is charged.

The former first lady faces the charges alongside her sons Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, and former Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni.

In related news, the PFP remanded former Housing Minister Ibrahim Suleiman into custody for 15 days pending investigation on charges of wasting public finds and facilitating their transfer to others.

Also, former Chief of Presidential Staff Zakariya Azmy was remanded into custody for 15 days pending investigation on charges of illegal gains.

Meanwhile, business tycoon Mahmoud al-Gamal, Gamal Mubarak’s step father, who is also being investigated, submitted a statement of his assets and those of his daughter Khadiga, the latter estimated to be worth LE7 billion.

Moreover, the courts banned former Information Minister Anas al-Fiqi and his family, former Housing Minister Ahmed al-Maghraby and his family, former Minister of Agriculture Youssef Wali, former head of the Agricultural Development Authority Mohamed Azab Sweilam and his family, as well as the family of the deceased MP Kamal al-Shazly from accessing their bank accounts, due to allegations of illicit gains against them.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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