Three Egyptian Judges Face Corruption Trial
Egypt’s Prosecutor General Maher Abdel Wahed has referred three judges to the state security court on charges of accepting bribes and abuse of authority.
They have been indicted for receiving money and gifts from defendants whose cases were seen by the allegedly corrupt judges, according to the Cairo-based Al Gomhuria daily.
The report said the suspects had lodged pleas of not guilty and that hearings had been delayed to their advantage.
The paper named the judges as: Abdel Nasser Mohammed Nigmiddin, 38, the head Al Nuzhah Court; Salah Yousef Mahran, 34, the head of Misr Al Gidida Delinquency court; and A’laa Maamoun Yahya Ismael, 39, a judge in north Cairo.
The first suspect was tracked down after authorities received tips that he had spent two weeks in a resort apartment leased for him by a convicted individual who received a three-year term jail for bouncing a check. The judge was alleged to have received gifts from the same person, including household articles.
Investigations indicate that the judge raked in large bribes and allegedly spent the ill-gotten gains at nightclubs and other pleasure spots.
The second suspect was suspended from work due to charges that he favored his colleagues by responding to their recommendations to issue innocent verdicts in cases referred to him.
The committee members believe that the third suspect responded to a recommendation by his colleague, the first suspect, to issue an innocent verdict in absentia in favor of three defendants. He was also suspended from work and referred to the security court - Albawaba.com