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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Egypt’s defense expo and the exoneration of the 57357 hospital from corruption charges

The talking heads were largely occupied last night with the inauguration of EDEX 2018 and an investigation clearing the 57357 children’s cancer hospital of corruption. Scriptwriter Wahid Hamed had alleged earlier this year that the hospital’s funds have been mismanaged and that donations meant to finance pro-bono medical care were spent elsewhere.

A committee found no evidence the cancer hospital’s management engaged in any form of financial wrongdoing, including using donations for personal investments in the stock market, Social Solidarity Ministry spokesman Mohamed El Okaby told Al Hayah Al Youm. The committee’s investigation also looked into other issues at the hospital, such as allegations that patients were removed from their rooms to shoot a television series and that the hospital ran unlicensed clinical trials on patients. Investigators concluded all allegations were baseless (watch, runtime 10:13). El Okaby said much of the same on Hona Al Asema (watch, runtime 7:30) and Masaa DMC also took note of the developments (watch, runtime 2:50).

Hamed still doesn’t buy it —and accused the committee of a cover-up. He also told El Hekaya’s Amr Adib that the committee has failed to address all of his concerns, and that he is willing to issue a public apology if he is definitively proved wrong (watch, runtime 5:46).

The Egyptian defense expo is going to “put Egypt on the map” for its defense industry, Military Production Minister Mohamed El Assar said in a phone-in to El Hekaya. El Assar also recapped some of the products introduced at the event (watch, runtime 5:41). The minister is set to meet today with several defense officials and diplomats, according to ministry spokesman Mohamed Bakr (watch, runtime 4:15).

Also on the airwaves last night:

  • Fully manufactured products only account for 4% of Egypt’s imports, member of the Cairo Chamber of Commerce’s importers division, Ahmed Shiha, said (watch, runtime 4:59);
  • Hona Al Asema’s Lama Gebril discussed a new technology that genetically maps cancer cells with oncologist Hisham Al Ghazali (watch, runtime 4:40);
  • Masaa DMC looked into a harassment incident at 6 October residential compound (watch, runtime 4:54).

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