Egypt puts former auditor on trial for exposing corruption

In this Tuesday, April 16, 2014 file photo, Hesham Genena, then head of Egypt's oversight body, poses for a portrait in front of pictures of his predecessors at his office in Cairo, Egypt. (AP)

Egypt's former top auditor who exposed massive corruption in the country has gone on trial on charges that include spreading "false news."

Hisham Genena, himself a former judge, has appeared before the Cairo Criminal Court but reporters were barred from the hearings. Charges against him also include "disturbing" the country's security.

During Tuesday's brief session, Genena's lawyers asked for an adjournment in order to have more time to study the case.

Last December, Genena went public, saying that corruption is costing the country billions of dollars.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi later dismissed him, capping a series of measures critics say were aimed at sacking the chief auditor after speaking up against corruption.

Genena was detained for a day earlier in June but released after his family paid bail.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47