CAIRO: A verdict is due Oct. 20 in the case of head of Central Auditing agency Hisham Genina and the two journalists Magdy el-Gallad and Mohamed el-Sanhouri, charged with insulting the head of the Judges Club Ahmed el-Zend, the Cairo Criminal Court announced Saturday.
The case had also been adjourned July 12 in order to obtain copies of the first three sessions’ reports.The three suspects were not present in front of the court in Saturday’s session.
Genina is accused of insulting and making libelous remarks members of Egypt’s Judges Club members, when in a Jan. 16, 2012 interview published in Al-Masry Al-Youm he said the Judges Club elections were “absurd” and “pointless.”
Genina told Sanhouri in the interview that the Judges Club and its head Zend practice financial violations, and that “Zend, the current head of Judges Club is trying to use the chance for making elections, although judges’ turnout would not be enough because of their tasks in supervising parliamentary elections.”
Genina also demanded Zend to be referred to investigation over rumors of making illicit gains, getting apartments and chalets in the North Coast using his position.
Sanhouri was referred to criminal court because he ran the interview with Genina.
Editor in chief of Al-Masry Al-Youm Magdy el-Gallad was referred to the same court because he was responsible for the newspaper, but did not change the phrases in the interview which violate the law, Dostor reported.
“Do not you know, Hisham Genina, that not one salary in the judiciary is close to half of the maximum wage? We [judges] will not submit any papers about our salaries to you, and they will always belong to an “independent budget” supervised by judges. What he [Genina] said reflects his hidden envy to judges.” Zend said in a video published on Aug. 13 in Ahram Gate, after Central Auditing Agency insisted on reviewing judges’ salaries.
Additional reporting by May Anani and Alaa Radwan.