Court rejects lawsuit against dismissal of former auditor Geneina

The State Council's Administrative Court rejected on Monday an appeal filed against the president's decree to dismiss former chairman of the Central Auditing Agency, Hesham Geneina, due to abatement of interest.

Lawyers Mohamed Nour Farahat, Essam al-Islamboly, and others filed the lawsuit with the Administrative Court against the dismissal of Geneina in May.

Geneina was removed from office on March 28 by presidential decree, following accusations of corruption and power misuse.

The lawsuit, filed by the lawyers on behalf of Geneina, was based on the argument that the president's decree was unconstitutional.

Geneina had the spotlight shone on him towards the end of 2015 for making statements about widespread financial corruption in newspaper interviews. Senior officials and pro-government media were highly critical of his move at the time.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi put together a presidential commission that decided Geneina had "misled the public by saying corruption had cost LE600 billion (about US$76 billion) over a four-year period".

The presidential decree that dismissed Geneina did not specify the reasons for his removal, but Reuters reported back in March that the decree came just a few hours after the State Security Prosecution said Geneina's statements were unfounded.


Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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