Egypt court reduces jail time against anti-corruption activist Hamdi El-Fakharany

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Wednesday 16 Mar 2016

El-Fakharany was found guilty of misusing his power in his capacity as head of the Anti-Corruption Commission and blackmailing a businessman

A Giza misdemeanors court lessened on Wednesday a four-year jail sentence against anti-corruption activist Hamdi El-Fakharany to two-years for misusing his official post.

The court upheld the acquittal sentence in the bribery charge against El-Fakharany but maintained that he is guilty of misusing his power in his capacity as head of the Anti-Corruption Commission and blackmailing a businessman.

El-Fakharany was arrested last September for receiving a payment of EGP 1 million from a businessman who owns a cotton industry in return that he would drop a lawsuit against the businessman that accused him of stealing state-owned land.

The verdict can be further appealed in front of the Court of Cassation.

El-Fakharany was an MP in the disbanded 2011-2012 parliament.

He is also well-renown 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.

 

 

 

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