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Egypt prosecution summons ex-top auditor for questioning over corruption report

Hisham Geneina issued a report claiming that theft by public officials has cost the treasury LE600 billion in recent years

Ahram Online , Monday 23 May 2016
Egypt
Egypt's former top auditor, Hisham Geneina (Reuters)
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Egypt's State Security prosecution summoned the country's former top auditor Hisham Geneina for questioning on Tuesday over his report claiming that theft by public officials has cost the treasury LE600 billion since 2012.

In January, the country's top prosecutor issued a gag order on Geneina's report.

In March, a presidential decree dismissed Geneina from his post and appointed his deputy, Hesham Badawy, as the acting head of the Central Auditing Agency.

Since taking office, Geneina has on more than one occasion reported widespread corruption in some of Egypt’s most powerful institutions, including the police, the judiciary and intelligence agencies.

Also in March, the State Security prosecution said that Geneina had exaggerated the sums lost to corruption by referring to violations that took place prior to 2012, and that he had abused his position as head auditor in gathering documents to make his case.

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