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Egypt remands in custody aide to barred presidential challenger

AFP  |  Cairo 

Egypt's military prosecution has ordered a former anti-chief detained for two weeks after he suggested a sidelined possessed damning material against leading officials, reported today.

had been arrested on Tuesday following his remarks in an interview published by Huffpost Arabi.

He had been a top to former military chief-of-staff Sami Anan, whom the military also detained after he announced he would stand in next month's against incumbent

Anan is accused of having declared his candidacy illegally while still a in the military, as well as incitement against the armed forces.

Geneina is accused of spreading "false that harms national Egyptian security and affects the military institution and threatens authority," the official newspaper reported.

His detention may be renewed after 15 days as the military prosecution investigates.

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

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

The uprising left a military group led by Anan and commander-in-chief in control of the country.

Anan had been the most credible election rival to Sisi, who is all but certain to win.

His only remaining rival is a of a small party who had been a until he abruptly announced his own candidacy.

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.

Sisi, a former defence minister, came to power after ousting his Islamist predecessor following mass protests against the member.

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 19:35 IST