Court seeks where­abouts of miss­ing Egypt ex-MP

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

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.

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