Egypt's military prosecution has ordered a former anti-corruption chief detained for two weeks after he suggested a sidelined presidential candidate possessed damning material against leading officials, state media reported today.
Hisham Geneina had been arrested on Tuesday following his remarks in an interview published by Huffpost Arabi.
He had been a top campaign aide to former military chief-of-staff Sami Anan, whom the military also detained after he announced he would stand in next month's presidential election against incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Anan is accused of having declared his candidacy illegally while still a registered officer in the military, as well as incitement against the armed forces.
His detention may be renewed after 15 days as the military prosecution investigates.
Geneina said the documents Anan allegedly possessed "revolve around political events and crises Egyptian society has passed through" since the January 2011 uprising which toppled veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak.
The uprising left a military group led by Anan and commander-in-chief Hussein Tantawi in control of the country.
Anan had been the most credible election rival to Sisi, who is all but certain to win.
Critics said he did so to save Sisi the embarrassment of being the only candidate, in a throwback to referendums held by Egyptian autocrats instead of elections.
The government has rejected such criticism and the candidate, Moussa Mostafa Moussa, insists he is a serious contender.
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