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Three foreign affairs officials referred to prosecution

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Defendants forged official documents, taking in more than EGP 7m

Three officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs financial department were referred simultaneously to a disciplinary trial and to prosecution for corruption charges on Tuesday.

The official spokesman of the administrative prosecution, Abdel Nasser Khattab, said that the defendants forged official documents to illicitly gain more than EGP 7m.

The defendants include head of the central administration for financial and administrative affairs at the deputy minister’s office, a first deputy of the ministry and a former department head at the minister’s office.

They are accused of forging embassy documents as well as official documents for seven Egyptian embassies in Europe and the Gulf, including the Vatican, France, Switzerland, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.

Investigations showed that the three defendants committed 28 forgery crimes to seize funds in hard currency. The first defendant is alleged to have committed 10 forgery crimes on his own, taking in more than EGP 2.2m, reported state-owned news agency MENA.

They were investigated by Ashraf Abdel Atty, a member of the technical bureau of Mohamed Kamal, the head of administrative prosecution who supervised the investigation.


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