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Constituent Assembly accused of corruption

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Accusations against senior members of the 2012 Constituent Assembly will be reviewed by the Public Prosecutor

Hossam El-Gheriany, the chairman of the council, promised on Monday during a comference that these recommendations would be sent to the legislative and executive authorities as soon as possible. (AFP Photo)

The accusations were levied against Ahmed Fahmy, speaker of the now-dissolved Shura Council, and Hossam El-Gheriani, chairman of the assembly tasked with writing the 2012 constitution.
(AFP File Photo)

By Charlie Miller

Mahmoud Nafadi, deputy editor of Al-Gomhoreya newspaper, has accused members of the Constituent Assembly and Shura Council of misappropriation of EGP 25m worth of public funds, state-owned Al-Ahram reported on Saturday.

Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat is expected to investigate the allegations. The accusations were levied against Ahmed Fahmy, speaker of the now-dissolved Shura Council, and Hossam El-Gheriani, chairman of the assembly tasked with writing the 2012 constitution.

Nafadi accused Fahmy and El-Gheriani of wasting a total of EGP 25m of the Shura council’s budget, claiming that EGP 10,000 had been given to each member of the 100-strong Constituent Assembly, and EGP 25,000 had been awarded to each committee head, Al-Ahram reported.

Nafadi also claimed that members of the Constitutional Bureau, a subdivision within the assembly, received a sum of EGP 40,000 and that that every member of the Assembly was awarded a laptop computer and enjoyed expenses-paid stays at the Shepherd Hotel, according to Al-Ahram.

Fahmy also stands accused of wasting EGP 3m of the Shura Council’s budget on travel not related to work, Al-Ahram reported.

  • Micah Shapiro

    They are really nitpicking here. That’s the best they could come up with? Mayors in developed countries such as U.S. blow more money than that unnecessarily. We are talking about numbers of tens of thousands of EGP. That’s single digit thousands in U.S. dollars. LOL. That’s all?

    Is it a coincidence that Hossam El-Gheriani is also chairman of the National Council for Human Rights? Could be another dirty agenda here in military-led EGypt


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