Jailed presidential hopeful Sami Anan 'could face death penalty' for possession of military documents
Ayman Salameh told TV channel MBC Egypt during an interview on Tuesday evening that if Hisham Geneina's claims are true, the fact that Anan was in possession of such documents without army authorisation, even if he did not show them to any foreign agents, could warrant the death penalty.
Geneina was arrested by the Egyptian authorities in his Cairo home on Tuesday, after announcing the damning material, purported to implicate current Egyptian leaders in crimes committed by the military regime since the January 25 revolution, was being held in a "secure" place abroad, and 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.
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 Egyptian army announced on Monday it was investigating Anan and Geneina over their claims of being in possession of such documents.
Anan, who was originally detained after announcing his bid for the Egyptian presidency, is currently being held at a military prison in Hikestep and has been subject to four hearings, military sources told The New Arab, adding that he had recently been transferred to solidarity confinement.