Egypt ex-minister held for 15 days over pesticides

CAIRO - Egyptian authorities detained a former agriculture minister for 15 days on Tuesday to investigate allegations that he had allowed the importation of cancer-causing pesticides, judicial sources said.
They said Youssef Wali, Egyptian agriculture minister from 1982 to 2004, was also being investigated over allegations that he had wasted 200 million Egyptian pounds ($33.6 million) of state funds by selling land to businessman Hussein Salem for less than the market price.
The land was a 38-acre plot on an island at Luxor, a tourist city 720 km (450 miles) south of Cairo renowned for its Pharaonic temples and ornately decorated tombs.