January 26, 2017
A prominent Egyptian human rights lawyer has been barred from leaving the country as military-backed administration of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi intensifies crackdown on dissidents and political opponents.
Negad Borai, who runs the United Group for Law, said on Thursday that he was stopped at Cairo Airport while attempting to travel to Jordan to visit his wife.
Officials at the airport stopped Borai following a request from the public prosecutor’s office.
Borai, who had earlier drafted an anti-torture bill and submitted it to President el-Sisi, is being accused of deliberately spreading false information, receiving illegal funds and incitement to resist authorities,
The Egyptian government has launched an investigation into Borai and two judges over proposing the draft law to combat torture.