Israel files new charges against US NGO official accused of aiding Hamas

This file photo taken on August 28, 2016 shows Palestinian Waheed Borsh, a UN Development Program employee in Gaza who is accused of aiding the Islamist movement Hamas. (AFP / AHMAD GHARABLI)
Updated 11 January 2017
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Israel files new charges against US NGO official accused of aiding Hamas

JERUSALEM: Israel on Wednesday announced new charges against the Gaza head of a major US-based NGO accused of diverting millions of dollars in aid to Hamas.
Mohammed Al-Halabi, the Gaza director of Christian humanitarian charity World Vision, is alleged to have funnelled aid money to the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip.
He is due in court again in the southern city of Beersheba on Thursday.
On Wednesday an updated charge sheet was published with two additional charges, including “aiding and abetting the enemy in a time of war” and “passing information to the enemy.”
World Vision said was it was aware of the new charges and was “surprised to see them added at this stage in the process.”
An Israeli foreign ministry spokesman declined to comment on the additional charges.
Halabi is expected to plead not guilty on Thursday after negotiations over a plea deal collapsed, a source close to the case said.
His legal team said Wednesday they still have not had access to much of the evidence against their client.
On January 4 a United Nations worker from Gaza was sentenced to seven months in jail for aiding Hamas “without intention.”


Egypt’s former anti-graft chief sentenced to 5 years in jail

Updated 24 April 2018
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Egypt’s former anti-graft chief sentenced to 5 years in jail

CAIRO: A defense lawyer says an Egyptian military court has convicted the country’s former anti-graft chief of insulting the armed forces and sentenced him to five years in prison.
Hesham Genena was arrested in February following incendiary comments he made in a television interview in which he claimed that the former chief-of-staff Sami Annan was in possession of documents incriminating the country’s “leadership.”
Annan was arrested in January shortly after he announced his intention to challenge President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in March presidential election. He was accused of incitement against the military and forgery.
El-Sisi ran virtually unopposed, winning the election with 97 percent of the vote.
Defense lawyer Hossam Lotfy says Tuesday’s verdict against Genena will be appealed. Another defense lawyer, Ali Taha, confirmed the verdict in a Facebook posting.