May 27, 2017


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.

At the time, notorious lawyer Samir Sabry, well-known for his multiple lawsuits in the name of morality, filed a complaint with the public prosecutor against Ali for “committing a public act of indecency”.

His questioning will be resumed on Wednesday when a prosecutor will decide whether to release him on bail or extend his detention.

A former Egyptian presidential candidate and rights lawyer who challenged the government for handing over islands to Saudi Arabia was detained today on suspicion of illegal political work, a judicial official said.

The prosecutors ordered him detained for 24 hours after he refused to answer questions before reviewing the evidence brought against him, including a video clip of the alleged incident. “They could have gotten him on a variety of other charges, but this?” said Taher Abo el-Nasr, one of at least 60 lawyers who waited for Ali to arrive at the prosecutors’ office on Wednesday.

Ali, who has suggested he might run against President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in an election slated for 2018, was the main lawyer to bring a case against the government after it agreed to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in April a year ago. Policemen took Ali from the court complex he was being questioned into to a police station where he will be kept overnight.

Ali’s defence team paid a bail worth 1,000 Egyptian pounds ($55) after his release was ordered, his lawyer said.


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