Egyptian anti-corruption activist sentenced to four years in bribery case

Ahram Online , Wednesday 9 Dec 2015

Hamdi El-Fakharany, the famous anti-corruption activist and Ex-MP is found guilty of blackmailing a businessman

A Giza misdemeanor court sentenced on Thursday prominent anti-corruption activist and former independent MP Hamdi El-Fakharany to four years in prison and an LE100,000 fine on charges of blackmail.

The court found El-Fakharany guilty of blackmailing a businessman where he demanded LE3.5 million in return for dropping a corruption lawsuit against him.

El-Fakharany's is best known for his high-profile corruption-related lawsuits against companies and businessmen in the past decade, including cases involving the Talaat Mostafa Group, the Palm Hills Group and gold producer Centamin.

This is a first degree court ruling that can be appealed.

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