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Egypt arrests aide to barred presidential challenger

AFP  |  Cairo 

today arrested former anti-corruption chief Hisham after he suggested that a he campaigned for possessed damning material against state officials, his said.

was an aide to Sami Anan, a former military detained after the accused him of illegally announcing his intention to stand in the March election against

He was the latest to be sidelined after announcing his intention to run against Sisi, a former who came to power in an election after ousting his Islamist predecessor.

In an interview with HuffPost Arabi published late on Monday, said the documents, held at a "secure" place abroad, could be released if any harm came to Anan.

Anan "has documents and evidence regarding all the major events in the country... they of course would change the course and condemn many", he said.

told AFP police arrested Geneina at his home and "are supposed to be taking him to military prosecution".

The military responded to Geneinas interview with a statement saying it had demanded an investigation against both Geneina and Anan.

In 2016, Geneina was sacked by Sisi as of the after being accused of exaggerating the cost of corruption in

The documents Anan is claimed to have possessed "revolve around political events and crises Egyptian society has passed through" since the January 2011 uprising, Geneina said.

The uprising toppled veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak, with a military group led by Anan and commander-in-chief assuming control of the country.

In Egypts first free election in 2012, voters narrowly elected the Muslim Brotherhoods as

Anan was armed of staff from 2005 until 2012 when he and Tantawi were sacked by Morsi, who appointed Sisi to lead the

But after a year of divisive rule and mass protests against Morsi, the army overthrew the Islamist in 2013.

Sisi, who was when Morsi was toppled, was elected a year later in 2014.

He is all but certain to win next months election. His only opponent is the of a small party who campaigned for Sisi before announcing his bid.

Another rival, the Mubarak-era Ahmed Shafiq, after his aides claimed he was deported to from the and held in a hotel.

Shafiq denied in an interview that he had been held against his will.

Yet another potential candidate, Ahmed Konsowa, was sentenced to six years in prison for illegally announcing his candidacy.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 19:55 IST