Egyptian Military Court Sentences Sisi Critic to 5 Years in Prison

A military court under Egypt's authoritarian regime has sentenced opposition figure Hisham Geneina to 5 years in prison.

(The New York Times) – A military court on Tuesday sentenced a former government anticorruption czar to five years in prison over incendiary claims about documents said to incriminate Egypt’s leaders, his lawyers and state news media said.

The sentence levied against the official, Hisham Geneina, who had served under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi until 2016 when he became one of the president’s sharpest critics, signaled that the harsh crackdown on the opposition that preceded last month’s election was set to continue.

Mr. Geneina was one of several opposition figures detained before the vote, effectively clearing the field for Mr. Sisi, who ultimately faced a single token candidate and won with 97 percent of valid votes. All of the opposition figures remain in jail, including Sami Anan, a former army chief whose campaign lasted four days before he was arrested.

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