The Administrative Control Authority (ACA) arrested the customs commissioner at El-Bada’e village at Cairo airport and the director of opinion and legal research in Port Said Customs, both for attempting to waste EGP 12m from the state treasury.
The aforementioned amount represents the value of customs of contraband goods and fines owed, according to an ACA statement.
General prosecution investigated the defendants and ordered their imprisonment pending investigations.
The ACA has been actively trying to tackle corruption cases across various entities in Egypt in December. Among the incidents monitored in December was a corruption case related to the State Council, in which three officials in the purchasing department were arrested in possession of large sums of money and gold that they received as bribes. The report referred to the State Council officials’ case as “one of the biggest corruption cases in Egypt.”
In 2016, the ACA revealed a major corruption case that led to the ouster of the former Minister of Agriculture Salah Helal. The former minister and three other officials in the ministry were also arrested on charges of accepting bribes worth more than EGP 11m.