Steel tycoon Ahmed Ezz excluded from preliminary list of election candidates

Friday 18-09-2015 12:59 AM
Steel tycoon Ahmed Ezz excluded from preliminary list of election candidates

CAIRO, Sep 16 (Aswat Masriya) - Politician and businessman Ahmed Ezz was excluded from the initial list of approved candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections on Wednesday. 

His lawyer, Mohamed Tanwir said Ezz is considering an appeal. 

This is the second time Ezz is excluded from running. He had applied to run for a seat in parliament last February, before the elections were postponed.

Egypt's parliamentary elections will be held over two phases in October and November. 

Ezz, a prominent politician during the era of former president Hosni Mubarak, had presented his candidacy papers on Thursday. 

Towards the end of Mubarak's 30-year-rule, Ezz had taken centre stage because of his political and business activities. 

He once served as head of the policies secretariate in the now defunct National Democratic Party, the ruling party under Mubarak.

The steel tycoon chaired Ezz Steel, which monopolised the steel sector in Egypt. 

Ezz was arrested after the 2011 uprising that toppled Mubarak. Charges were brought against him in five different court cases.

He was handed several prison sentences which were overturned by Egypt's Court of Cassation. 

He was released in August 2014 after being ordered to pay hundreds of millions of pounds in fines for monopolistic practices.  

Last month, a court upheld a decision to seize the assets of Ezz and his family pending the completion of an investigation into the sources of his wealth. 

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