Egypt to probe ex-army chief and aide over secret files

Egypt to probe ex-army chief and aide over secret files
From Al Jazeera - February 13, 2018

The Egyptian army has said it will launch an investigation into Sami Anan, the former Egyptian chief-of-staff and Hisham Genena, the country's former top auditor, who had served as Anan's presidential campaign manager prior to itssuspension.

The Supreme Committee of the Armed Forces (SCAF) said on Monday that the decision followed Genena's remarks on Sunday, in which he claimed that Anan was in possession of "documents and evidence" that would undermine the country and its leadership.

In an interview with HuffPost Arabi, Genena said Anan was in possession of "secret" documents that would incriminate several people in power who were involved in deadly events that unfolded following the January 25 uprising.

According to Genena, Anan threatened to leak those documents if he were to be legally charged. During the interview, Genena expressed concern over Anan's safety, saying he feared a potential assassination attempt.

Army spokesman Tamer Rifai considered Genena'sremarks a crime against the state and its institutions.

"The armed forces will use all the rights it is guaranteed by the Constitution to protection [the country's] national security and preserve its honour and dignity," he said, adding that the investigation will be referred to the relevant legislative bodies who will be taking legal action against both defendants.

Anan's presidential campaign was abruptly suspended after being arrested on accusations he committed violations that "warrant official investigation".

The 69-year-old was also accused of incitement against the military.

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