Attorney general refers Anan graft charges to Military Prosecution

The attorney general has referred a report filed against the former military chief of staff to the Military Prosecution to investigate graft charges.

The police report against Sami Anan was filed by Samir Sabry, a lawyer. Sabry said Anan had illegally obtained plots of land at different times, and had used the land to build a number of mansions for himself and his family in Cairo’s Fifth Settlement.

The lawyer demanded Anan be barred from leaving the country and that the claims be investigated before he is referred to the Illicit Gains Authority.

A judicial source told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the Military Prosecution had received a police report submitted against Anan from the Public Prosecution. The source stressed that the case is taking its legal course in accordance with military trial procedures for those in retirement.

Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, former head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, added an article to the military judiciary code which stated the Military Prosecution’s “competence to adjudicate in crimes of graft attributed to Army officers, even if the investigation begins after their retirement.”

Tantawi and Anan were sent to retirement by President Mohamed Morsy in August, before being appointed as a presidential advisers.

Activists have demanded trials for top military officers, based on political and security-related crimes the activists say they committed as members of the SCAF. Dozens of complaints were filed against SCAF members accusing them of killing demonstrators in events during the interim period in which they ruled the country.

Other reports, also referred to the Military Prosecution, accuse SCAF members of corruption, illicit gains and graft.

The reports include another from Sabry in which he accuses of Tantawi of seizing two plots of land in Heliopolis and Nasr City by taking advantage of his position.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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