Egypt: Amid Wave of Arrests, Egypt Detains Ex-Presidential Candidate

May 24, 2017

Egyptian lawyer and ex-Presidential candidate Khaled Ali shouts slogans inside the State Council courthouse after a ruling against the Egypt-Saudi border demarcation agreement, in Cairo, Egypt January 16, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Files

A prominent Egyptian opposition leader was detained on Tuesday for “offending public decency” amid what rights lawyers say is a wave of arrests of potential presidential candidates one year before the election.

Khaled Ali, 45, a prominent human rights lawyer who ran in Egypt‘s 2012 election, has suggested he might run against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in a presidential election slated for 2018.

His detention follows a spate of recent arrests that rights lawyers say has been directed at those working with opposition figures in Egypt who have indicated they could run against Sisi next year.

Eight members of Ali’s left-wing Bread and Freedom Party (BFP) have been detained since April on charges including “misusing social media to incite against the state” and “insulting the president”, according to Elham Eidarous, the party’s legal advisor.

“We are in a state of repression. Every now and then the state launches another attack.” he said. “This is happening to scare people from running for president or even considering alternatives.”

Egypt‘s interior ministry denies the arrests are politically motivated.

https://thewire.in/139467/wave-of-arrests-egypt-detains-ex-presidential-candidates/

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Former Egyptian presidential candidate and rights lawyer Khaled Ali embraces a colleague upon his arrival at his political party’s headquarters in downtown Cairo on May 24, 2017, after he was released on bail.
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Former Egyptian presidential candidate and rights lawyer Khaled Ali (C) waves as he exits a police station in the Dokki neighbourhood in the capital Cairo’s western Giza district on May 24, 2017, after he was released on bail.
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