Detained ex-minister found with iPad

Tora prison authorities have confiscated an iPad discovered with detained former Agriculture Minister Amin Abaza during a surprise inspection.

Police officers found the device hidden among Abaza’s personal things. Prosecution services have been informed so they can investigate the incident.

The inspections of detainees’ cells have intensified on orders by Mohamed Naguib, assistant interior minister of prison affairs, to confiscate banned possessions.

The measure aims to guarantee equality between inmates.

Authorities may deny Abaza visits for some time as a penalty for his possession of the device.

Abaza faces charges of squandering and seizing public funds, as well as illegally seizing lands in Sinai worth LE19 million.

Tora prison has several key figures from the regime of former President Hosni Mubarak who have been in custody on multiple charges since Egypt’s uprising last year. They include Mubarak’s sons, Alaa and Gamal, and former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif.

Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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