Egyptian court rejects appeal by former anti-corruption chief

Geneina was detained in February 2018 and sentenced last April to five years in prison for spreading news that harms the armed forces
Former Egyptian anti-graft chief Hisham Geneina
Former head of the Central Auditing Organization (CAO) Hisham Geneina (L) arrives to the State Council courthouse, Cairo, Egypt, 25 October 2016. The court, which was due to issue a verdict in a lawsuit filed by Geneina against his dismissal, adjourned the case to 25 December. Geneina, who held Egypt’s top auditor position for four years and relieved from the position by a presidential decree last March, was sentenced in July to one year in prison over charges of publishing false information. The charges came after Geneina published a report that claims some 600 billion Egyptian pounds (675 million dollars) were wasted due to corruption in 2015. (Photo by Fayed El-Geziry /NurPhoto)

An Egyptian court on Sunday upheld a five-year prison sentence for the country’s former anti-corruption chief, found guilty of insulting the military, legal sources said.

A military court rejected Hisham Geneina’s appeal and confirmed his sentence, a judicial source said, over comments made in an interview with the news website HuffPost Arabi.

Geneina was head of Egypt’s Central Auditing Organisation until he was sacked by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in 2016 for allegedly exaggerating the cost of corruption.

He subsequently became a top aide to former military chief of staff Sami Anan, who planned to challenge Sisi in presidential polls but was arrested.

Your Friends Also Read:  Ondodecides: Shots Fired In Oke Ijebu

Geneina claimed Anan held documents on “political events and crises that Egyptian society has passed through” since the 2011 uprising.

He said the documents could be released if Anan – who remains in jail – was harmed.

Following the interview, Geneina was detained in February 2018 and sentenced last April to five years in prison for “spreading news that harms the armed forces”.

Sunday’s ruling “could be challenged before a higher military court,” Geneina’s lawyer Ali Taha said.

Moataz Wadnan, the journalist who conducted the interview, was also detained but has not yet been put on trial, according to rights lawyer Negad al-Borai.

Your Friends Also Read:  Kenyan authorities arrest foreigners with ivory bracelets at airport

Without any serious challenger at the ballot box, Sisi won a second four-year term last March with 97 percent of the vote.

Egypt’s parliament, packed with Sisi supporters, is seeking to institute constitutional amendments that would extend his rule beyond 2022. 

Leave your vote


All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from News Central TV.

Contact: digital@newscentral.ng

Total
0
Shares
Previous Article
Algerian protesters

Protests intensify as deadline for April election looms in Algeria

Next Article

Court in Nigeria rules extradition of Cameroonian separatist leaders "illegal"

Related Posts

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.