Egyptian military court upholds jail sentence of former anti-graft chief

By REUTERS
March 3, 2019 17:39
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CAIRO - An Egyptian military court has rejected an appeal by a former anti-corruption chief and opposition figure against his five-year prison sentence for spreading false news harmful to the military, his lawyer said on Sunday.

Shortly before his arrest, Hisham Genena had served on the campaign team of former military chief of staff Sami Anan, who was planning to run as an independent candidate against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in elections in March 2018.But Anan's presidential bid was cut short in when the military arrested him in January 2018 for allegedly running without permission.

Genena was arrested a month later after he told HuffPost Arabi news website that Anan possessed documents that were damning of senior officials, and in April a military court sentenced him to five years in jail for spreading false information.

His lawyer Hussam Lotfy told Reuters the sentence had been upheld. The verdict was subject to further appeal.

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