Pretty well-substantiated rumour has it that Ibrahim Nafie (the former head of Al Ahram newspapers who ran the business as his own corrupt empire) has been officially banned from the Al Ahram building. Apparently staff at Al Ahram have been complaining that Nafie still had an office in the building and was "interfering" in the paper's administration. A friend who works at Al Ahram tells me that the ban descended last week from a "high source" (that is, Mubarak) and that officials from the administrative court came to seal Nafie's office. Could this super-crook be finally getting in trouble? And could the next step be to get him to stop writing his sycophantic editorials?
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