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Egypt Lifts Travel Ban 10 Former Officials in ‘Ahram Gifts’ Case

Jan. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Egypt’s top prosecutor has lifted a travel ban on 10 former Hosni Mubarak-era officials after they repaid the value of gifts they were said to have received from the country’s leading state-run newspaper, the Ahram Gate website reported.

The order issued by Prosecutor-General Talaat Abdullah includes former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and the ex-head of the parliament’s lower house, the state-run news website reported. It cited a judicial official as saying the order was temporary, pending further investigations into the gifts allegedly doled out between 2006 and 2011 by the Ahram newspaper’s former top officials.

Financial prosecutors yesterday approved a request by Mubarak to repay 18 million Egyptian pounds ($2.74 million) in connection with reported gifts from the institution. Authorities had ordered him held for 15 days pending investigations into the charges linked to the so-called “Ahram gifts” case.

The offer to settle the case came shortly after a court overturned Mubarak’s life sentence in connection with failing to stop the death of protesters during the uprising that ousted him in 2011. He was ordered retried, though no date has yet been set.

-Editors: Digby Lidstone, Karl Maier.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tarek El-Tablawy in Cairo at teltablawy@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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