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Calls for Egypt to revoke Morsi family's citizenship

Osama Mohamed Morsi (C), the son of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is seen at Cairo Police Academy during the trial session of Rabaa el-Adaweya protest case in Cairo, Egypt on 21 March, 2017 [Moustafa El-Shemy/Anadolu Agency]
Osama Mohamed Morsi (C), the son of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is seen at Cairo Police Academy during the trial session of Rabaa el-Adaweya protest case in Cairo, Egypt on 21 March, 2017 [Moustafa El-Shemy/Anadolu Agency]

A lawsuit which calls for the citizenship of ousted President Mohamed Morsi's children to be revoked has been referred for a legal opinion by an Egyptian court.

The case, filed by lawyer Tariq Mahmood, claims that Osama and Shaimaa Mohamed Morsi obtained the American citizenship without prior permission from the Egyptian government, in violation of Article 10 of Nationality Law No. 26 of 1975.

Read: HRW calls on Egypt to respect Morsi's rights

Mahmoud added that the first article of the US Constitution stipulates that naturalised citizens should pledge allegiance to the United States of America and waiver their allegiance to any other state.

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The Egyptian Administrative Court of the State Council, under the chairmanship of Judge Sami Abdel Hamid, referred the lawsuit for a legal opinion.

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