Egypt's ex-auditor feared same fate as slain Italian scholar

Hesham Genena, Egypt’s former top auditor who suffered serious injuries during an apparent kidnapping attempt, during an interview with the Associated Press at his home in Cairo, Egypt. (AP/Amr Nabil)
Updated 08 February 2018
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Egypt's ex-auditor feared same fate as slain Italian scholar

CAIRO: Egypt's former top auditor who was seriously injured in an apparent kidnapping attempt says he feared he'd meet a fate similar to that of an Italian student who was killed and whose badly tortured body was dumped in the desert near Cairo in 2016.
Hesham Genena suggested his assailants were linked to the government and said police denied him medical attention for hours after the attack outside his home.
Genena led Egypt's watchdog agency until President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi fired him in 2016, following an investigation that concluded he had misled the public on the issue of corruption.
He spoke to The Associated Press late Wednesday.
Genena says: "I could have just been found dead in the desert like (Giulio) Regeni."
Regeni's brutal death triggered a crisis between Egypt and Italy.


Iraq’s top court ratifies manual recount of May ballots

Updated 19 August 2018
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Iraq’s top court ratifies manual recount of May ballots

  • The court decision paves the way for president to summon lawmakers to an inaugural session
  • Political wrangling over who gets to be prime minister will likely delay the process

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s top court has ratified the results of the country’s May parliamentary elections following a manual ballot recount ordered by the outgoing chamber following charges of irregularities.
The Federal Court’s decision on Sunday paves the way for the president to summon lawmakers to an inaugural session of the new, 329-seat house. In theory, parliament should then proceed to elect a speaker, a president and a prime minister, who will in turn form a new government.
However, political wrangling over who gets to be prime minister will likely delay the process for weeks, maybe months.
A coalition led by maverick Shiite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr won the largest number of seats, 54, followed by an alliance of government-sanctioned militias known as Hashed, with 47.