Egypt Independent

Attorney-general denies listing figures targeted for asset freeze



A list of 25 officials and public figures whose assets the authorities plan to freeze does not exist, according to an official source at the attorney-general's office.

Earlier today, several websites–including that of the Wafd party–confirmed that Attorney-General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud had asked the head of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) to freeze the accounts of 25 people being investigated for corruption.

Abdel Meguid's office called upon media outlets to commit to transparency and credibility, and to check with him before publishing any news.

Following the 18-day mass anti-regime protests that led to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian authorities began investigating the assets of former government and business figures. Travel bans have been imposed on a number of public personalities since then.