Egypt MP detained over 'blood scandal'

An Egyptian court ordered the detention of a ruling party MP whose company sold the health ministry faulty blood bags, causing widespread panic and a severe drop in blood donations.

Egypt MP detained over 'blood scandal'
An Egyptian court ordered the detention of a ruling party MP whose company sold the health ministry faulty blood bags, causing widespread panic and a severe drop in blood donations.

Judge Ahmed Ezzat Al Ashmawi ordered the detention of MP Hani Surur and six others including his sister -- all are currently on trial for fraud and profiteering-- until the next court session on November 11.

In January, a health ministry employee publicly accused Surur, a member of President Hosni Mubarak's ruling party, of fraud after his company Hayedelena for Advanced Medical Industries Company (HAMIC) -- the health ministry's only blood bag supplier -- sold the ministry tens of thousands of faulty blood bags.

The press reported heavily on the the 'Blood bags scandal', leading to a product recall.

The exact nature of the defect varied wildly, but a mass panic ensued over the 'contaminated' blood bags leading to a 70 percent drop in blood donations, the health ministry said at the time.

Surur had his parliamentary immunity lifted and in June he was referred to a criminal court.

AFP
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