Egypt’s chief prosecutor orders assets for opposition Abul-Fotouh and 15 others – Politics – Egypt – to be frozen
Egypt’s chief prosecutor, Nabil Sadek, has ordered assets to be frozen against the founder and opposition representative of the Strong Egypt Party, Abdel-Moniem Abul-Fotouh, and 15 other people for alleged links to terrorist activities.
Abul-Fotouh was arrested last week, the day after he returned from London, where he had given interviews critical of the government. The former Islamist presidential candidate and 15 others were also placed on the country’s terrorist list by a court decision for allegedly having ties to the banned Muslim Brotherhood group.
Abul-Fotouh was described as a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Asset Freeze Orders.
The terrorist’s nomination followed a request from prosecutors after investigations revealed that Abul-Fotouh and the others “led and joined an illegal group aimed at harming the interests of the Egyptian state,” state-run MENA news agency said . in relation to the Muslim Brotherhood.
On the list are Maha Azzam of the Chatham House Think Tank in London and the head of the so-called “Egyptian Revolutionary Council”, Mahmoud Ezzat, the London-based Supreme Leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Under Egypt’s Terrorism Entity Law, individuals placed on the terrorism list are banned from travel, placed on a watch list and subject to an asset freeze. Appeals can be lodged against the designation decision.
Egypt declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization in December 2013.
Abul-Fotouh was detained for 15 days pending investigations into charges including “publishing and broadcasting false news that harms national interests” and “leading an illegal group” aimed at overthrowing the regime and the public To disturb order.
He was arrested days after an interview with Egypt-based new outlet Al-Jazeera Mubasher, which banned Egypt, criticizing President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi for including the military in politics and ill-treating the economy would have.
The Home Office accused him of holding “secret meetings” with leaders of the International Organization of the Muslim Brotherhood in London earlier this month in order to carry out a conspiracy intended to spark unrest and instability in the country.
Abul-Fotouh was among several Egyptian politicians who last month called for a boycott of the upcoming presidential election, which was due to take place in late March.