Mil­i­tary court sen­tences Hisham Geneina to 5 years for spread­ing false news

The Daily News Egypt - - News - By Fatma Lotfi

A mil­i­tary court sen­tenced on Tues­day for­mer head of the Cen­tral Au­dit­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (CAO) Hisham Geneina to five years in prison on charges of spread­ing false news about the in­te­rior sit­u­a­tion of Egypt, ac­cord­ing to his lawyer Ali Taha.The ver­dict can be ap­pealed.

The case dates back to Fe­bru­ary of this year, when po­lice ar­rested Geneina from his home in New Cairo and re­ferred him to mil­i­tary pros­e­cu­tion over state­ments he made in an in­ter­view with the Huf­fPost Arabi about for­mer mil­i­tary chief of staff Sami Anan’s pos­si­ble pos­ses­sion of doc­u­ments that can in­crim­i­nate mil­i­tary lead­ers. Geneina was one of Anan’s two run­ning mates in his cam­paign for the pres­i­dency that ended in March. How­ever, Anan’s fam­ily and his lawyer Nasser Amin said that Geneina’s state­ments are not true, adding that they will take le­gal pro­ceed­ings against him.

For its part, the Egyptian Armed Forces said it would seek le­gal ac­tion against Geneina and Anan, say­ing that Geneina’s state­ments “harm the armed forces,” amount to “crimes, and aim to raise doubts about the state and its in­sti­tu­tions.”

Mean­while, the mil­i­tary sum­moned and ar­rested Anan in Jan­uary on charges of in­cite­ment be­tween the mil­i­tary and the Egyptian peo­ple, af­ter he de­cided to run for the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion that ended last month, in which Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al-Sisi se­cured a sec­ond four-year term.

Anan is ac­cused of run­ning for of­fice with­out the ap­proval of the armed forces. A mil­i­tary state­ment said that, at that time, he was con­sid­ered a re­servist, hence could not be en­gaged in civil­ian prac­tices such as run­ning in an elec­tion.

Geneina was sacked by Al-Sisi in March 2016, in ac­cor­dance with a pres­i­den­tial de­cree he is­sued in July 2015, giv­ing him­self the au­thor­ity to ap­point, re­place, or dis­miss heads of reg­u­la­tory bod­ies.An ap­peal by Geneina claimed that his dis­missal was un­con­sti­tu­tional, as he con­sid­ered the de­cree con­tra­dic­tory to the Egyptian Con­sti­tu­tion, which stip­u­lates that the work of these bod­ies should be in­de­pen­dent from the state’s ex­ec­u­tive branch.

Hisham Geneina

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