Colonel to spend six years in jail for announcing presidential ambition

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 .

The 42 -year – old has been in custody since his arrest on December 2 as military prosecutors investigated the case , Heikal said .

On Tuesday , the lawyer said he will appeal the verdict .

In his videos , and without mentioning President Abdel Fattah al – Sisi by name , Konsowa criticised Egypt’s policies in education, health and the economy .

Heikal has said Konsowa followed Sisi ’s example in announcing his candidacy. Sisi was in uniform when he did so , before later resigning as defence minister .

Sisi was elected president in 2014 , a year after leading the military ’s ouster of his Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi amid mass protests against his year -long rule .

Sisi is certain to stand next year , although he has yet to formally announce his candidacy.