Egypt's former top auditor to face military trial

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Egypt's former top auditor to face military trial
FILE -- In this April 16, 2014 file photo, Hesham Genena, then Egypt's former top auditor, poses for a portrait in front of pictures of his predecessors at his office in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian state media said Thursday, April 12, 2018, that military prosecutors have referred Genena, to a military court over statements deemed insulting to the armed forces. A defense lawyer said Genena will stand trial on Apr 16. Genena was arrested in February after claiming on television that former military chief of staff Sami Annan, who he was advising in a presidential bid, was in possession of documents incriminating the country's leadership. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian state media say military prosecutors have referred the country’s former top auditor to a military court over statements deemed insulting to the armed forces.

Following the Thursday report on MENA, defense lawyer Ali Taha said on Facebook that Hesham Genena will stand trial on Apr 16.

Genena was arrested in February after claiming on television that former military chief of staff Sami Annan, who he was advising in a presidential bid, was in possession of documents incriminating the country’s leadership.

The military had arrested Annan after he announced his candidacy for last month’s election, easily won by incumbent President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi after all serious challengers were arrested or dropped out under pressure.

Genena was dismissed in 2016 after saying that government corruption had cost the country billions of dollars.