The former top auditor of the Accountability State Authority (ASA) Hesham Genena was sentenced to five years imprisonment on Tuesday with the Military Misdemeanour Court ruling that he insulted the armed forces.
Genena’s lawer Farid al-Deeb told al-Masry al-Youm, “We will submit an appeal against the court verdict after understanding the grounds and reasons for the verdict.”
Police arrested Geneina in February after he told the American newspaper Huffington Post that he has access to top-secret documents that allegedly prove army leaders played a role in causing social unrest following the 2011 Revolution against former president Hosni Mubarak.
In July 2016, Geneina was sacked as a top auditor after he reported that corruption had cost the country US$68 billion over four years.
He was also sentenced to jail for spreading false news at the time. However, later in December that year, the jail sentence was suspended.
Edited translation from al-Masry al-Youm