Egypt envoy, 2 Poles suspected of graft

July 9, 2009 at 3:37 PM
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WARSAW, Poland, July 9 (UPI) -- Warsaw police said Thursday two Polish lawyers have been detained on fraud charges in a real estate sale to the Egyptian Embassy.

Polish Radio said the Egyptian ambassador also has been implicated.

Dorota Tietz, spokeswoman for the Warsaw police, said the two lawyers bought a piece of land in Warsaw through a middle man, who then sold it for an inflated price to the Egyptian Embassy in the Polish capital.

The two detained lawyers if convicted face up to 10 years in prison each and a high fine.

The inflated price of the land transaction reportedly amounted to $2 million, Polish Radio reported.

After the transaction the lawyers allegedly paid the Egyptian ambassador $462,000 in bribes, the report said.

The ambassador has been detained in Cairo for allegedly accepting bribes, the radio said.

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