Former Presidential Candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, , at the Annual Meeting 2012 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, Switzerland, January 27, 2012 – WEF/Remy Steinegger
CAIRO – 2 February 2020: The Egyptian public prosecution on Sunday ordered detaining former presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh for another 15 days pending investigations, over joining an outlawed group and possessing political leaflets.
Aboul Fotouh, a physician and an Islamist politician who seceded from the Muslim Brotherhood group designated by the Egyptian state as terrorist, was arrested in February 2018 pending trial, and has not been freed since then. On February 20, the Cairo Criminal Court added Aboul Fotouh and 15 others to a list of “wanted terrorists.”
He faces charges including joining an outlawed group that aims to disrupt constitution and laws, prevent state institutions and public authorities from carrying out their duties, and spread false news about the political and economic conditions in the country, with a view to disturbing the public peace within the framework of the objectives of the “terrorist” Muslim Brotherhood.
Aboul Fotouh, according to an Interior Ministry’s statement the month he was arrested, conducted a series of secret meetings abroad, including the latest meeting in London on February 8, when he communicated with member of the international MB organization Lotfi al-Sayed Ali Mohamed, and two MB members who fled to Turkey, namely Mohamed Gamal Heshmat and Hossam ad-Din Atef al-Shazly.
“The aim behind the meeting was to set the mechanisms of carrying out MB chaotic schemes and exploiting the accompanying political atmosphere,” the statement read.
Additional reporting by Mirit Agaiby