Genena detained over spreading false news after refusing to pay bail
Hisham Genenah, former head of CAO - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Former head of the Central Auditing Organization (CAO) Hesham Genena was escorted to New Cairo Police station Thursday after he refused to pay a bail of 10,000 EGP to be released pending investigations, Youm7 reported.

Genena refused to pay the bail because it would mean he recognizes the validity of the charges, according to a statement provided by his defense team and published on news websites.

The first hearing of Genena’s trial is scheduled for June 7 over spreading false news on corruption in Egypt.

Genena told media outlets in December 2015 that corruption in 2015 amounted to 600 billion EGP ($75 billion.)

The Prosecution, however, released a report refuting Genena’s claim, saying that figures submitted by the CAO report includes corruption cases committed since 2012.

The Prosecution also noted that Genena is under investigations over other accusations of squandering public funds. President Abdel Fatah Sisi sacked Genena in March.

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