Egypt Lifts Travel Ban on 10 Ex-Officials in Gifts Case

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 leading state-run newspaper Al-Ahram, according to a website owned by the publication’s group.

The order issued by Prosecutor-General Talaat Abdullah removed bans and an asset freeze placed on officials including former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and Fathi Sorour, the former head of the parliament’s lower house, the Ahram Gate website reported. The site cited an unidentified judicial official as saying the order was temporary, pending further investigations into the gifts allegedly doled out between 2006 and 2011 by former top officials at the newspaper.

The government has already received 8 million Egyptian pounds ($1.2 million) from the ex-officials since the investigation started, Ahram Gate reported, citing Public Funds Prosecution attorney-general Mostafa El-Husseiny.

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

The offer to settle the case came after a court overturned Mubarak’s life sentence over his failing to stop protester deaths during the uprising that ousted him in 2011. He was ordered to be retried, though no hearing date has been set.

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