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Egypt detains former anti-graft chief, aide to Sami Anan

Image of former anti-corruption watchdog chief , Hisham Geneina [Amwal Al Ghad/Twitter]
Former anti-corruption watchdog chief , Hisham Geneina [Amwal Al Ghad/Twitter]

Egyptian police took a former anti-corruption chief to the military prosecutor’s office this morning, his family said.

Hisham Geneina’s daughter Nada Genena told Reuters by phone that up to 30 policemen came to the family home in Cairo early in the day and took her father away by car.

His wife Wafaa Kedieh said he was taken to the military prosecution. The family, who had followed the police convoy from their home, waited outside the military prosecution later in the day.

An interior ministry official said he had no knowledge of the incident.

Geneina had run the short-lived election campaign of former military chief of staff Sami Anan, who was detained last month and accused by the army of running for office without permission, bringing his presidential bid to a halt.

Read: Jailed presidential hopeful Anan threatens to produce evidence against military

Presidential elections are due to be held in Egypt next month with coup leader and current President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi expected to have no opponents after officials arrested and silenced those with plans to run against him.

Yesterday, in an interview with Huff Post Arabi, Geneina had warned that Anan may be assassinated in detention in an effort to silence him as he possesses documents which implicate current Egyptian leaders of crimes committed by the military regime since the January 25 revolution.

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