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.


Netanyahu urges rival Gantz to form unity government

Updated 37 min 59 sec ago

Netanyahu urges rival Gantz to form unity government

  • Gantz is yet to respond to the approach by Netanyahu
  • The change of strategy reflected Netanyahu’s weakened position

JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Thursday on his main rival, former general Benny Gantz, to join him in a broad, governing coalition after Israel’s election ended with no clear winner.
A spokeswoman for Gantz, leader of the centrist Blue and White party, had no immediate response to the surprise offer from Netanyahu, head of the right-wing Likud party.
The change of strategy reflected Netanyahu’s weakened position after he failed again in Tuesday’s election, which followed an inconclusive ballot in April, to secure a parliamentary majority.
“During the election campaign, I called for the establishment of a right-wing government but to my regret, the election results show that this is impossible,” Netanyahu said.
“Benny, we must set up a broad unity government, as soon as today. The nation expects us, both of us, to demonstrate responsibility and that we pursue cooperation.”
On Wednesday, Gantz said he hoped for a “good, desirable unity government.” But he has also ruled out forming one with a Netanyahu-led Likud, citing looming corruption charges against the prime minister. Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing.