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Egypt’s agriculture minister was detained Monday shortly after resigning from his post amid a corruption investigation involving him and others allegedly receiving bribes worth over $1 million, the country’s acting prosecutor general said.
The detention of Agriculture Minister Salah el-Din Helal and his aides comes after Egyptian prosecutors issued a gag order last week over the investigation.
A statement by acting prosecutor general Ali Omran said that Helal and three other ministry officials also were detained pending an investigation. The statement alleged that the four officials accepted gifts in exchange for the reallocation of a parcel of state land, including a sports club membership, high-end clothing, mobile phones, expensive meals, payment for 16 people to go on a religious pilgrimage and a luxury housing unit.
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