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Egypt’s top appeals court upheld on Sunday a 10-year jail sentence against the former head of the Customs Authority over bribery charges, state-run Ahram Online news website reported.

Gamal Abdel-Azim was arrested by the Administrative Control Authority, Egypt’s anti-corruption watchdog, in July 2018 and convicted in April of the following year of receiving bribes and using his position to allow the entry of goods into the country without the payment of the required customs duties.

He was also found to have reduced customs fees and issued licenses for four warehouses in exchange for bribes.

Abdel-Azim was fined 768,000 Egyptian pounds (50,000 U.S. dollars) and removed from office over the case, the report said, adding six other defendants were acquitted.

Sunday’s verdict is final and cannot be appealed.

Egypt has been carrying out a massive anti-corruption campaign over the past few years, which has led to the arrest and imprisonment of several senior officials, including ministers and governors, and the retrieval of large amounts of public funds. Enditem

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