A film producer arrested in Egypt on Sunday accused of using “blackmail” to extorting $400 billion from Egyptian investors in a controversial venture to create a marine oil field has been charged with using the “same tactic” to obtain government contracts in Syria.
The producer of the film “The Aquamaria Project” was arrested on Sunday after Egyptian prosecutors found him guilty of extortion and fraud.
It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.
The court issued a statement saying the court found him to be a person “of high standing and standing in the Egyptian society”.
Egyptian authorities have launched an investigation into the film and will file criminal charges against the producer, who was arrested Sunday morning at a hotel in Cairo.
The investigation has been ongoing for months.
The Aquamarie Project, based in southern Egypt, was awarded the world’s highest prize for the best documentary about a controversial project.
The project was backed by Egypt’s ruling party, the Muslim Brotherhood.
It has drawn criticism from activists who say the project will worsen the conflict in Syria and lead to an increase in the use of chemical weapons.