CAIRO: Prosecutor-General Hisham Barakat charged Mohamed Rifaat al-Tahtawi, who served as the chief of staff of former president Mohamed Morsi, with hiring a convicted terrorist in the office of the presidency, Youm7 reported Tuesday.
According to investigations by the General Prosecution authorities, the defendant appointed el-Sayed Refa’i Ahmed to the position of national adviser in the presidency’s public relations office; Ahmed served a prison sentence of 15 years for terrorism-related charges in 1995.
Tahtawi is also facing charges of corruption and manipulation of his position to serve personal benefits; Youm7 reported he confessed to personally knowing Refa’i Ahmed. Investigations also have shown that Tahtawi’s financial and personnel affairs’ assistant opposed the appointment in an official letter because he did not meet the job requirements, but that Tahtawi ignored the objection and went through with the employment.
Tahtawi is a co-defendant in the espionage case with Morsi, in which they are accused of sending sensitive information about Egypt to Hamas and Hezbollah.