Egyptian whistleblower gets 5-year jail sentence in absentia
Added 12-09-19 02:35:02pm EST - “A self-exiled Egyptian businessman whose allegations of corruption against the country's ruling military sparked rare protests has been sentenced in absentia to five years in prison for tax evasion.” - Washingtontimes.com
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CAIRO (AP) - A self-exiled Egyptian businessman whose allegations of corruption against the country’s ruling military sparked rare protests has been sentenced in absentia to five years in prison for tax evasion.
Mohamed Ali had released a series of viral videos from Spain earlier this year, pitching himself as a former government insider who witnessed high-level corruption and large-scale misuse of funds as a construction contractor for the military. Ali did not provide evidence to support his claims.
He also called for the downfall of Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, a former military officer, who dismissed the corruption accusations “sheer lies and defamation.”
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Ali’s videos led to scattered street protests against the president in several Egyptian cities in September. Public protest has been almost completely silenced the past years by draconian measures imposed under el-Sissi.
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