|Last week, the Giza Criminal Court in Cairo, presided by Judge Abdul-Shafi Al-Sayyed Othman, sentenced former Egyptian minister of Irrigation Mohammad Nasr Allam, and a businessman, member of the Egyptian People’s Assembly and Board Chairman of the Egyptian-Kuwaiti Company for land reclamation Ahmad Abdul Salam Quora to seven years imprisonment for ‘wasting’ 37,126 billion Egyptian pounds of public money.|
The former minister helped the Egyptian-Kuwaiti Company to claim over 26,000 acres of land in a suburb of Ayyatt, near Cairo and gave approval to convert the agricultural land for residential purposes in a fraudulent manner.
The former minister was present during the trial but the second suspect was sentenced in absentia before the court session began. The former minister was reportedly placed in a cage during the hearing of the case.
The Prosecution testified in the court how the main accused, the former minister of Irrigation, had abused his position in facilitating the wastage of public money for the benefit of the company which is owned by Quora and others. Quora, it is believed, was also advisor to the company.
The merits of the case have been detailed and are many. We have nothing to do with the whole issue. What is important is that the Board Chairman of the company, Ahmad Quora, along with a number of Kuwaitis, was involved in irregularities a majority of whom are connected to the Muslim Brotherhood in some or the other way.
One of them was recently involved in a well-known case in Kuwait of an agricultural project which had been approved during the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt to use it for residential purposes.
After the approval, the value of the company’s shares soared in Kuwait and hit the KD 1 billion target although the land was not much worth as agricultural land.
After the Egyptian revolution, the project of transferring the land at Al-Ayyatt for residential purposes was met with objection and the company’s shares in Kuwait catastrophically collapsed and were worth just a few fils because at one time they were worth thousands and a lot of citizens lost their money in this company.
This company is a role model of individuals who were and are still involved in fraud and affiliated through thick and thin to the Muslim Brotherhood party in Kuwait.
Their loud voices can be heard every day, on every occasion defending their honor, protecting public morals and of being honest — nobody but them.
By Ahmad Al-Sarraf