The Egyptian military said Monday it would take legal action against the country’s former anti-corruption chief Hisham Geneina and former military chief-of-staff Sami Anan, who is currently under arrest.
Geneina, who was a leading figure in Anan’s brief presidential campaign before he was banned from the nomination and detained by authorities, was quoted in an interview published on Sunday saying that Anan possesses documents “containing state secrets” and “major deadly incidents”.
In response, the Egyptian military said Geneina’s claims “amount to crimes and aim to raise doubts about the state and its institutions” as his statements coincided with the army’s battles to uproot terrorism in the Sinai region.
The case will be transferred to investigators, according to the military, who added that they will take the necessary action against Anan and Geneina.
They said that they will “use all constitutional and legal powers to preserve national security.”
Anan’s son, Samir, denied statements attributed by Geneina to his father, and said his father did not possess documents that condemn the state or its leaders.
In a statement on Facebook, Lawyer Nasser Amin described the claims as “unfounded, untrue and bearing no relation to reality.”
Amin said that they would take legal action against anyone who gives statements to the media “attributing any words or acts to Anan that would undermine [Anan’s] legal status or expose him to the danger of legal or social liability.”
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