Egypt: Judicial commission freezes assets of journalist and rights advocate
March 18, Cairo: An Egyptian judicial commission has ordered the assets of four people frozen, including one of the country's most prominent investigative journalists and a top rights' advocate, state media reported.
Egypt's state-news agency MENA reported that Cairo Criminal Court will review the commission's decision on Saturday. It added that Hossam Bahgat, Gamal Eid and two others who weren't identified are being investigated for illegally receiving $1.5 million from foreign parties.
The commission's decision came as a surprise to Hossam Bahgat, whose investigative pieces have exposed Egypt's political corruption and an alleged foiled coup plot inside the military, the news agency reported.
Bahgat along with Gamal Eid, the head of Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, said that they weren't notified of the confiscation of their assets and only learned about it from the media.
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