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Egypt: Ex-presidential candidate to be tried over 'leading terrorist group'

Former Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh [File photo]
Former Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, 9 August 2019 [Hossam el-Hamalawy/Flickr]

Egypt's Supreme State Security Prosecution (SSSP) yesterday referred the former presidential candidate and head of the Strong Egypt Party, Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, to the criminal court on charges of "leading a terrorist group".

Local media quoted the defendant's lawyer, Ahmed Abul Ela Madi, as saying that the "prosecution had referred Aboul Fotouh, along with his deputy, Mohamed Al-Kassas."

Aboul Fotouh's arrest in 2018 came one day after his return from a trip to London, during which he was interviewed by the Qatari satellite channel Al Jazeera. In the interview, he criticised current Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, who orchestrated a bloody military coup against the democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

He has previously been detained more than once under the government of long time Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak.

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