Anti-graft videos hit a nerve
Publish date: 16 September 2019
Issue Number: 841
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Videos posted online by an Egyptian construction contractor accusing President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the military of corruption have gone viral, sparking a rare debate about the army's growing economic empire. A report on the News24 site notes that Mohamed Aly claims that authorities have misappropriated millions of Egyptian pounds in public funds. He also alleges the military owes him payment for projects his company Amlaak Group was commissioned to build, including palatial residences for Sisi. The videos, posted from Spain where Aly now lives, have triggered a swift public backlash from Sisi supporters, with one lawyer lodging a complaint with the Attorney-General, accusing Aly of high treason.