Egypt colonel gets 6 yrs after announcing presidential bid

CAIRO – An Egyptian military court sentenced a colonel to six years in prison on Tuesday after he announced plans to stand in the 2018 presidential election, his lawyer said. Ahmed Konsowa was given the jail term for “stating political opinions contrary to the requirements of military order”, his lawyer Asaad Heikal said. The colonel had announced he would be a candidate for president in video messages and a statement on Facebook on November 29. He was also accused of “appearing on the social network website Facebook in military uniform, contrary to the requirements of military order,” Heikal said.

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