Egypt's former minister arrested over corruption

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Posted: Apr 06, 2011 9:09 AM
Egypt's former minister arrested over corruption

Authorities have arrested Egypt's former housing minister on suspicion he was involved in the illegal sale of state lands for cut-rate prices.

Mohammed Ibrahim Suleiman, arrested Wednesday, is the latest senior member of the regime of ousted President Hosni Mubarak to be taken into custody. The officials are being investigated on corruption-related charges, with many allegedly using their positions within the government to broker sweetheart deals.

Suleiman served as a minister of housing from 1993 until 2006. Critics say that during this period, state-owned lands were sold at cut-rate prices to businessmen close to the ruling party.

Suleiman's successor, Ahmed Maghrabi, is also being investigated.