Court seeks whereabouts of missing Egypt ex-MP
Cairo, Egypt - An Egyptian court has ordered the country’s interior minister to reveal the whereabouts of a missing former parliamentarian believed to be in state custody, his wife told AFP Tuesday.
Mostafa al Naggar, a former opposition lawmaker and key figure in the 2011 revolution that toppled long-time autocrat Hosni Mubarak, was reported missing in September 2018. His disappearance for over a year has given rise to accusations that he is in custody, something authorities have previously denied.
“We are expecting that they (authorities) will tell us where he is,” Shymaa Afifi, his wife said.
Rights groups maintain enforced disappearances of dissidents is a systematic practice that Egyptian authorities have used to muzzle opposition in recent years.
The binding decision from the state council court on Saturday will take effect within the next month, compelling Interior Minister Mahmoud Tawfik to reveal Naggar’s location, Afifi said.
Local rights group Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedom, which has advocated for Naggar’s release, confirmed the decision in a Facebook post.