Egypt Watch

The Administrative Control Authority questions 1,730 officials over corruption

An Egyptian security source has said that the Administrative Control Authority (ACA) in Egypt (a civilian intelligence agency) is conducting extensive investigations with 1,730 officials in local agencies. He explained that these investigations are being carried out because they have facilitated encroachment on state land and received bribes to facilitate building violations.

The source revealed that those referred for investigation include officials in the governorates’ offices, governors’ representatives, heads of neighbourhoods, and local councils across various provinces, stressing that they have been referred to the public prosecution. Experts call for accountability for local authorities who allowed tens of thousands of buildings to be built without permits.

Egypt ranks 106 out of 176 countries, according to the Corruption Perceptions Index 2019 created by Transparency International.