Former chief auditor Geneina’s daughter sacked from government job

Egypt's Administrative Prosecution Authority (APA) has sacked Shorouk Geneina, the daughter of former Central Auditing Organization (CAO) Chairman Hisham Geneina.

No details were given of the reason for Shorouk's removal from her post, although her departure follows the recent prosecution of her father on crimes related to his role as Egypt's top auditor.

Shorouk was appointed to the APA in September 2014, while her father was still heading the CAO.

The former CAO Chairman is being tried on charges of circulating false news that harmed state institutions and threatened the public peace.

The accusations leveled against Geneina date back to statements he made in December 2015, when he said that government corruption cost the country LE600 billion (US$68 billion) over a four-year period. Geneina made the statements in newspaper interviews.

The uproar caused by the statements and consequent confusion over the numbers prompted the presidency to form a panel in the same month to probe the allegations. Geneina also became the target of fierce public backlash from senior officials and pro-government media.

On January 17, 2016, the House of Representatives approved a decree giving the presidency authority to remove quasi-independent corruption watchdogs. Observers, however, said at that time that the decree targeted the removal of Geneina.

Sisi subsequently appointed a presidential commission that quickly concluded that Geneina had misled the public by overestimating the scale of corruption, after which he was abruptly removed from office.

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