Four Egyptian MPs Expelled from Parliament for Corruption
The Egyptian parliament on Sunday expelled four of their members who were found guilty and sentenced last month in the country's biggest corruption scandal in 20 years.
The parliament announced it had agreed to "cancel the membership" of MPs Tawfiq Abdu Ismail, Khaled Mahmud, Mahmud Azzam and Ibrahim Aglan, members of the ruling National Democratic Party who were sentenced on June 25th.
The decision was announced by parliamentary speaker Ahmed Fathi Surur after it passed by more than the two-thirds majority required.
Aglan was handed a one-year suspended sentence, while the three others were condemned to 10 years in prison for the scam which implicated more than 30 defendants in fraudulently obtaining around 470 million dollars in loans.
Judge Nasreddin Sadeq of the state security court also stripped MPs Aglan and Ismail of their jobs as bankers with Egypt's Dakahliya Bank.
He sentenced 27 other bankers and businessmen to jail terms ranging between one year and 15 years in jail with hard labor - CAIRO (AFP)
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