Egypt’s El-Sisi defends military against corruption claims

Egypt’s president is refuting corruption allegations raised by a businessman about the country’s military. (File/AP)
Updated 14 September 2019

Egypt’s El-Sisi defends military against corruption claims

  • El-Sisi said Saturday that allegations of embezzlement and misuse of public funds in building new presidential palaces are “sheer lies and defamation”
  • El-Sisi was responding to claims by contractor Mohammed Ali who said he worked for the military for 15 years

CAIRO: Egypt’s president is refuting corruption allegations raised by a businessman about the country’s military in a series of recorded testimonials that went viral on social media.
Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said Saturday that allegations of embezzlement and misuse of public funds in building new presidential palaces are “sheer lies and defamation.”
He said: “I’ve built presidential palaces and I will continue to do so. I am building a new country. ... All of this is not mine. It’s Egypt’s.”
El-Sisi was responding to claims by contractor Mohammed Ali, who said he worked for the military for 15 years, alleging massive spending, abuse by authorities and misuse of public funds.
He has denied the allegations without elaborating. He has called the claims against the military an attempt to topple Egypt.


Eastern Libya forces say 16 Turkish soldiers killed in fighting

Updated 23 February 2020

Eastern Libya forces say 16 Turkish soldiers killed in fighting

BENGHAZI: Forces loyal to Libyan eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar said on Sunday they had killed 16 Turkish soldiers in recent weeks, a day after Turkey acknowledged it had lost several "martyrs" in combat in the north African country.
Khalid al-Mahjoub, a spokesman for Haftar's Libya National Army (LNA), said the Turks were killed in the port city of Misrata, in battles in Tripoli and in the town of al-Falah south of the capital.
Turkey backs Libya's weak internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) and has sent Syrian soldiers along with some of its own soldiers and weapons.
Haftar's forces are backed by the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday acknowleged some Turkish losses in Libya's "struggle".
"We are there (in Libya) with our (Turkish) soldiers and our teams from the Syrian National Army. We continue the struggle there. We have several martyrs. In return, however, we neutralized nearly a hundred (of Haftar's) legionaries," Erdogan said.
The Syrian National Army, also known as Free Syrian Army, is a Turkey-backed Syrian rebel group fighting against pro-Damascus forces in northern Syria, where 16 Turkish soldiers have been killed so far this month.
The deployment of Turkish soldiers and sophisticated air defences has erased small gains made by the LNA with the help of Russian mercenaries, returning the frontline roughly to where it was at start of Haftar's campaign in April 2019.
Ceasefire talks between Libya's warring sides resumed on Thursday after the GNA had pulled out of negotiations following the shelling of Tripoli's port by Haftar's forces.