In another shock twist to the ongoing crisis of Sainsbury’s messy involvement in Egypt, it has been revealed on Thursday that Justin King is the latest to face breach of trust charges in the North African nation.
A day after The Times revealed that Mike Coupe, who replaced King as head of the supermarket group, had flown to Giza to appeal against a two-year jail sentence, with the owner of the company Sainsbury’s sold its shares in the venture to, Amr el-Nasharty, alleging that Coupe tried to seize cheques relating to the bankruptcy of to Egyptian Distribution Group (Edge). Coupe vehemently denies the accusations.
Speaking to the Times, a Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “Like Mike, Justin King did not work for Sainsbury’s at the time of the business deal that resulted in these allegations. Each of these cases have been unsuccessful or dismissed on appeal by the Egyptian courts.
“We have been given no reasoning as to why and on what grounds the public prosecutor has decided to challenge Justin’s acquittal.”