Egypt’s former culture minister probed over ‘indecent’ Facebook chat

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Former Egyptian Culture Minister Alaa Abdel Aziz is being investigated for alleged sexually explicit conversations on social media, the state-run Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported on Monday.

The prosecution says the former minister used sexual language with his female students in a Facebook chat during his time as instructor at the High Cinema Institute.

MENA quoted a judicial source as saying that that a CD sent by a student’s father containing screenshots of Abdel Aziz’s conversations with the student were submitted by the head of the Art Academy.

Abdel Aziz was appointed minister of culture last May by former Prime Minister Hisham Kandil of ousted Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi’s government.

He stepped down in July after artists demanded his resignation over his dismissal of Ines Abdel Dayem, head of the Cairo Opera House.

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