Doctor's interview gets Egypt TV news chief arrested

The head of Egypt TV's news service has been arrested on bribery charges. It follows a sting operation when Mohammed El-Wakil was offered a bribe to allow a doctor to appear on a morning show.

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By  David Cass Published  July 9, 2002

The news director of Egypt's state-owned television station was arrested for receiving a bribe to allow a doctor to appear on a popular program, police said Monday.

According to the Associated Press news agency, Cairo police issued a statement saying that Mohammed El-Wakil was taken into custody on Sunday in a sting operation set up by state security officials and by the Administrative Monitoring Office, which investigates official impropriety.

According to police officials he was arrested at his office after he received a bribe in exchange for allowing a doctor to appear on ``Good Morning Egypt.'' Ahmed el-Hasisy and Hani Abdel Latif, two of the producers of ``Good Morning Egypt,'' were also detained, police said.

El-Hasisy was detained first as he received a bribe of $2,000 from Dr. Mohammed Fathi. Then police accompanied el-Hasisy to El-Wakil's office and arrested the news director as he was taking the money from el-Hasisy, police added.

The officials said that Egypt's Administrative Monitoring Office had received a complaint from Fathi that he had been asked to pay the bribe. He appeared on the program a day before paying.

The office of Information Minister Safwat el-Sherif issued a statement saying El-Wakil has been suspended from his job.

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