Report: Former Mubarak aide faces new corruption probe

May 18, 2011 23:59

CAIRO - Egypt's anti-graft agency opened a new corruption investigation against ousted President Hosni Mubarak's former chief of staff on Wednesday, a day after a court ordered his release on bail, state media reported.

The state news agency MENA said investigators were questioning Zakaria Azmi following reports by watchdog groups about additional and previously undisclosed wealth believed to have been accumulated unlawfully.

Azmi, one of Mubarak's closest aides, was ordered released on a 200,000 pounds ($33,640) bail on Tuesday after nearly six weeks in detention.

The decision came after Azmi's lawyer filed an appeal for his client's release. Under Egyptian law, suspects can be held for up to 45 days and then must be freed or brought to trial.

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