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Sisi's new elite: contractors, ex-militaries and businessmen who support him

19 1 13

Over the past few days, the arrest of the renowned Egyptian businessman, Mohamed Al-Amin, has been trending on social media. The media mogul who founded CBC network in 2011, which turned rapidly into one of the most prominent TV network in Egypt, is charged with human trafficking and sexual abuse.

According to a press release from the Egyptian prosecution, Amin is accused of sexually abusing and even assaulting girls in an orphanage he owned in Beni Suef. What promoted the trend was that, in parallel, another lustrous businessman who has also founded the Al-Mehwar TV since before 2011, Hassan Rateb, and the Member of Parliament, Alaa Hassanein, were being tried for antiquities trafficking.

The concurrent trials of businessmen raised queries over what was happening between the business community and the authorities in Egypt.

Over the past few years, the Egyptian authorities have targeted numerous businessmen suspected of sympathising with the Muslim Brotherhood. Topping them was Hassan Malek, the notorious businessman in the Muslim Brotherhood, who was arrested in 2015 and then sentenced to life imprisonment and his son, Hamza, and his partner, Abdel Rahman Saudi, the owner of Saudi hypermarkets. Malek and Saudi were followed by other businessmen who have such loose links with the Muslim Brotherhood as Omar el-Shenity, the financial investor who was arrested in 2019 within the case of the hope cell, who was jailed over initial arrangements to run for the then-upcoming parliament.

Another case was Sayed Al-Swerki, the owner of Al-Tawhid wa Al-Nour department stores, the most widespread and oldest stores all over the country. Swerki was arrested in 2020, and the government confiscated his gigantic stores.

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The above-mentioned are just examples of those businessmen targeted over claims of relations with the Muslim Brotherhood, while the entire range cannot be counted........

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