Alleged building breaches on state land to be investigated

President Hosni Mubarak has ordered an investigation into alleged construction violations pertaining to luxury compounds currently being built on state-owned land along the Cairo-Alexandria desert road, according to Agriculture Ministry sources.

Mubarak was recently shown video footage of said violations, the sources noted, adding that he had been "displeased" by what he saw.

“One investor built over 100 percent of the land in violation of the law,” said Ibrahim al-Agami, head of the General Authority for Construction and Agricultural Development, “even though he had bought the land with the understanding that he would carry out agricultural projects and not build residential compounds.”

“Once a new law regulating the sale of state-owned property is issued, land will only be offered to investors on a usufruct basis,” he added.

Al-Agami went on to say that he had sent a letter to the Council of Ministers to request an explanation as to how the violations had been allowed to occur.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

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