Egypt detains anti-corruption chief for 'threatening to expose Sisi regime crimes'

Egypt detains anti-corruption chief for 'threatening to expose Sisi regime crimes'

Egyptian police on Tuesday detained former anti-graft chief Hisham Genena over his remarks that ex-Chief of Staff had documents against the country, state-run Ahram newspaper reported.

Ali Taha, Mr Genena's lawyer, confirmed that his client had been arrested.

In an interiew with HuffPost Arabic published on Sunday Genena, a former prosecutor and state auditor, said he fears for the ex-general's life.

Geneina revealed in his press statements that Anan is in possession of documents against the military leaders and the current regime, further threatening that these documents will be released if Anan got assassinated during his imprisonment.

Egypt has gone from one political crisis to the next since a military coup in 2013.

Egypt detains anti-corruption chief for 'threatening to expose Sisi regime crimes'

He said Anan has a "well of secrets and documents and evidence" that would "implicate many people" in the deadly events that have unfolded in Egypt since 2011.

The statement further stressed that it will use all its constitutional and legal rights to take the necessary procedures against Geneina and Anan.

Egypt starts its 2018 presidential elections scheduled for late March, where incumbent President Abdel Fattah al- Sisi is expected to make an easy win for a second term due to the lack of strong challengers in the race.

Last week, Egypt's military prosecution chose to renew the detention of Anan on charges of violating the military rules by including his name without a permit in the voters' database, which is still under military summons, and in service under Decree Law 133 of 2011, during an investigation session held by the prosecution with Anan, on Saturday evening. The army accused him of breaching military rules as he announced his candidacy without prior permission from the military. He was retired by democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi in a move that was viewed as way to loosen the military's grip on the country. Kamailoudini Tagba, trained as journalist at Togo state radio, worked for the African Network of Culture Promoters and Entrepreneurs (rapec) as news writer. Kamailoudini Tagba is UNESCO scholarship Alumni, interested in International Relations studies and Security Studies.


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