Egyptian authorities arrested Egypt's former information minister and the head of state television and radio on Thursday (February 24th), wire services reported. Anas al-Fiqqi, the former information minister, was a member of former President Hosni Mubarak’s inner circle and was placed under house arrest earlier this month.
Osama al-Sheikh presided over the state media's coverage of the protests that began on January 25th and led to Mubarak's resignation.
Both were arrested on charges of corruption. On Wednesday, Egypt’s top prosecutor issued an order banning several former ministers and businessmen from leaving the country, including former Culture Minister Farouk Hosni and former Prime Minister Atef Obeid, who served from 2001 to 2004.
Three other high level officials appeared in a Cairo court on Thursday to face charges of abuse of power and misuse of public funds including former Housing Minister Ahmed Maghrapi, former tourism minister Zuheir Garana and businessman Ahmed Ezz who was secretary-general of the NDP, according to wire services.