Egypt's prosecutor says some wheat only procured on paper

Friday 15-07-2016 01:36 PM

Wheat harvest - Reuters

By Reuters

CAIRO, July 14 (Reuters) - Some local wheat was only procured by the government on paper, but not delivered, according to a statement issued on Thursday by Egypt's general prosecutor's office.

Egypt's parliament set up a fact-finding commission last month to look into allegations of corruption in wheat procurement.

Egypt, the world's largest wheat importer, last month announced a government-led inspection of wheat silos after an unusually high procurement figure prompted allegations of possible fraud from top industry officials, traders and members of parliament.

(Reporting by Omar Fahmy; writing by Amina Ismail)

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