At the conclusion of a seminar in the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights

April 21st, 2011 by Editor

 Legal, partisan and human rights activists call for formation of national committee for regaining the Egyptian looted money and counter corruption

A number of expert , legal professors, representative of political parties and human right activists call on the government to coordinate with the civil society organizations to form a national committee consisting of  diplomats and prominent judicial figures and civil society representatives in order to set a national strategy to fulfill the aforementioned purpose. This statement came at the conclusion of the seminar that was held by EOHR at it’s headquarter last Wednesday 20-4-2011 under the title “corruption and the threats to 25 January revolution

 ” Abu Seada the chairman of EOHR reiterated that the corruption was one of the main reason of the revolution, pointing out that the Egyptian model can be a prominent case-study  of the transformation of corruption from individual deviation cases to social  systematic practices to the extent that Egypt transformed  the recent ten years  from a corruption in the administration into a state of management of corruption and the involving of senior officials  in the government, economic bodies, public sector, banks and media organization in corruption cases is the best evidence.

Abu Seada clarified that Egypt got 3.1 from 7 on corruption scale in 2010  and as shown at the good governance measure affiliated to the world bank that Egypt capacity in controlling corruption range from 30% TO 48%, pointing out that Egypt total losses of corruption “illicit flows “reaches 6.357 billion dollars annually which equivalent to 38.82 billion Egyptian pound . That according to international organization for financial integrity report issued in 2010 under the title “trans-border financial crimes in developing countries

He stressed on the importance of cooperation between the government and the different regulatory agencies and the civil society organizations in the light of the civil society role in combating corruption in accordance with the united nations treaty against  corruption  which was ratified by the Egyptian government  2005 -in addition to the ratification of a lot of conventions related to combating corruption , the African union convention for preventing corruption and countering it  2003 , and the united nations treaty against systematic transnational  crimes in 2003. These treaties approved the right of civil society , non governmental organizations, individuals  and local organization in active participation in preventing combating and revealing corruption as text in article 13 of the treaty .

From his part dr. Hossam Eisa the legal expert and the professor in Ain Shams University declared that the committee of recovering Egyptian wealth  stands behind the  Swiss Attorney General decision on freezing  Mubarak family assets  after the committee provided evidences affirming that this money is illicit, pointing out that this legal committee is  cooperating with group of volunteer British lawyers  in order to verify the illegitimacy of Mubarak’s family wealth  inside the united kingdom and the transfer of money and gold and platinum.

He reiterated that 90% of the Egyptian discussions  is about corruption  and the need to  accountability and prosecute  of corrupt and working to recover the looted  money ,   the people whom was the main raison behind questioning leading corrupt  figures of the ousted regime he emphasized that  the poor people went to Tahrir square after they heard about Mubarak wealth that reaches 70 billion dollars as published in the guardian  , reaffirming the necessity of a political and popular will to recover the money and he calls on the government to cooperate with the concerned civil society organizations  and holding common meetings to cooperate and consolidate such effort he also stressed on the necessity of using international experts

On the other side Mr. Ahmed  Abdelhafiz the lawyer and vice president of EOHR affirmed that that the revolution requires eliminating the old regime and building a new one ,and that what happened after the revolution as the people and political forces  and partisan and social claims for ousting the regime as a result of its suppressive practices for 30 years  and the most prominent victory of the revolution is the prosecution of the leading corrupt figures in the old regime  to achieve the people claims

Abdelhafiz also emphasized the role of the media corruption describing it as a hidden corruption unlike the economic and political corruption. Clarifying that this corruption appear in hosting a lot of figures with different political opinion and trend was arty to deceive the people and show that there is a freedom of expression in  Egypt  while all this was a delusion to delude the people.


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