Egypt’s former agriculture minister to face trial on corruption charges – sources

Egypt’s former agriculture minister Salah El Din Mahmoud Helal will face trial on charges of corruption in a criminal court after prosecutors referred his case there, judicial sources said on Saturday. Helal was arrested in September on suspicion of taking bribes in return for land licences, just minutes after resigning from the cabinet. “The supreme state security prosecutor decided to refer…the former minister of agriculture Salah Helal, several businessmen, and employees in the ministry, to criminal court for trial,” Egypt’s state newspaper reported on Saturday. The prosecutor general’s office said at the time of his arrest that it was investigating ministry officials including Helal on suspicion of taking bribes in exchange for granting land licences.



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