Britain’s ruling Conservative party has appointed as senior treasurer an Egyptian billionaire who served as transport minister under autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
The Guardian said in a recent report that Mohamed Mansour was given the position by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Monday night during a reception for donors.
Mansour is the owner of Unatrac, a British construction supplier owned by Egypt’s Mansour Group, which has donated over 600,000 pounds to the Conservatives. He was Egypt’s transport minister between 2006 and 2009.
“It is a great honor and privilege to have been appointed as senior treasurer of the Conservative party and a member of the treasurer’s team of the party.”
“The prime minister is making the hard choices that are necessary during a tough period for the country and, as a proud British citizen, I look forward to working with the team to support the party and the country,” the tycoon said.
Mubarak’s 30-year rule over Egypt was defined by cronyism and repression. He was ousted during the popular uprising in 2011.
The longtime ruler died in 2020. Mubarak was charged alongside several of his associates with corruption and killing protesters. But many of the sentences were overturned after then army chief and current President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi seized power from Egypt’s first democratically-elected President Mohammed Morsi in a coup in 2013.
The Guardian news follows a series of scandals which have hit the British government and royal family.
In July, Prince Charles, the then heir to the British throne, faced new scrutiny over the financing of his charities after a report found that one organization had accepted a donation of 1 million pounds from the family of Osama bin Laden. Charles became King following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II in September. As first reported by The Sunday Times, the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund received the donation in 2013 from the brothers Bakr and Shafiq bin Laden, half brothers of Osama, the founder of al-Qaeda terrorist group and architect of the 9/11 attacks.
In June, a report revealed Charles had accepted 3.1 million dollars in cash donations from a Qatari billionaire between 2011 and 2015, some of which was received personally in a suitcase and shopping bags.
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