CAIRO, Jun 28 (Aswat Masriya) – The New Cairo Misdemeanour Court is set to issue a verdict in the case in which former top auditor Hisham Geneina is accused of making false allegations about massive government corruption on July 28.
Egypt's Supreme State Security Prosecution had referred Geneina to "urgent" trial early June.
As the former head of the Central Auditing Organisation (CAO), Geneina had told Egyptian media services that the size of governmental corruption during the period between 2012 and 2015 amounted to EGP 600 billion. He based his statements on findings of a detailed study conducted by the CAO.
Following Geneina’s corruption allegations, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered a fact-finding committee to probe into the statements he made.
In January, the investigative committee released a report challenging Geneina’s claims, saying his statements and the CAO’s study are "inaccurate", "exaggerated" and "lack credibility".
The top auditor was dismissed by a presidential decree in March, shortly after the prosecution leveled charges against him.
Egypt’s House of Representatives approved on Jun. 12 the appointment of Hisham Abdel Salam Badawi to replace Geneina as the new head for the Central Auditing Agency.
The CAO is an independent legal entity that monitors financial institutions and government bodies and falls directly under the jurisdiction of the presidency.
State corruption is one of the causes believed to have triggered the 2011 Uprising, which led to the ouster of Honsi Mubarak as president after he ruled the country for nearly 30 years.