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Egypt’s former anti-graft chief jailed

Egypt’s former anti-graft chief Hesham Genena has been found guilty of insulting the armed forces.Egypt’s military court has convicted former anti-graft chief Hesham Genena of insulting the armed forces and sentenced him to five years in prison, a defence lawyer says.

Genena was arrested in February following incendiary comments he made in a television interview in which he claimed that the former chief-of-staff Sami Annan was in possession of documents incriminating the country’s “leadership”.

Annan was arrested in January shortly after he announced his intention to challenge President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in a March presidential election. He was accused of incitement against the military and forgery.

El-Sissi ran virtually unopposed, winning the election with 97 per cent of the vote.

Defence lawyer Hossam Lotfy says Tuesday’s verdict against Genena will be appealed.

Another defence lawyer, Ali Taha, confirmed the verdict in a Facebook posting.

Australian Associated Press

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