Deputy governor of Egyptian provincial jailed over corruption

Cairo: Egyptian prosecutors ordered the detention of deputy governor of the coastal city of Alexandria, Soad Al Kholy, for 15 days pending further investigations into corruption charges, state television reported Tuesday night in the latest crackdown in a vigorous anti-graft drive in the country.

Five other suspects in the case have been given the same detention duration, the broadcaster added.

Al Kholy, 62, was arrested at her office in the Mediterranean Sea city on Sunday on suspicion of taking bribes, harming public money and making illegal gains.

The Administrative Oversight Authority, an anti-graft state agency, said investigations revealed that Al Kholy had received more than 1 million Egyptian pounds (Dh208,300) in bribes from some businessmen in order to block the removal of their illegally-constructed properties on state-owned land in the city and help them avoid paying fines for these violations.

Al Kholy, who has been in the post since 2015, is accused of wasting LE10 million in state money as a result of the alleged complicity with the businessmen, who are now in police custody.

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