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Prosecution investigates attack on Al-Dostour Party’s spokesman

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Alleged assailant is accused of attempted murder and detained for 15 days

Al-Dostour Party spokesman Khaled Dawoud sustained several wounds at his left chest, one penetrating wound, and cuts at his right arm (Photo from Al-Dostour Party)

Al-Dostour Party spokesman Khaled Dawoud sustained several wounds at his left chest, one penetrating wound, and cuts at his right arm
(Photo from Al-Dostour Party)

Al-Dostour Party and former National Salvation Front (NSF) spokesman Khaled Dawoud testified to the South Cairo Prosecution on Saturday regarding the attack he faced earlier while passing by a protest held in support of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

Dawoud passed by a pro-Morsi rally while driving on Qasr Al-Eini Street on Friday; several protesters identified him, chased him to Abu Al-Reesh bridge, forced him out of the car and physically attacked him, according to a statement by the Ministry of Interior.

Dawoud’s brother Iyad said that during the investigation, Dawoud stated he was attacked by Muslim Brotherhood supporters. He added that the attack was not planned; it was an “unlucky coincidence” that Dawoud passed by a pro-Morsi protest.

Dawoud identified one of the alleged assailants, who is currently in police custody, state-run news agency MENA reported. The detainee is alleged to be the one who stabbed Dawoud.

The alleged assailant was detained for 15 days pending investigations, reported MENA. He is accused of attempted murder, joining an illegal group, the possession of flyers promoting the abovementioned group’s ideology, possession of bladed weapons and sabotaging private property, namely Dawoud’s car.

Dawoud was stabbed in the chest and arm several times and his car was smashed, according to a statement from Al-Dostour Party. The Ministry of Interior stated that Dawoud sustained several wounds in his left chest, one penetrating wound and cuts in his right arm. He was admitted at the New Al-Qasr Al-Eini Teaching Hospital, where he continues to receive treatment. His brother said that his release isn’t expected before Wednesday.

Several political groups have condemned the attack on Dawoud, including Al-Dostour Party, Al-Nour Party, Misr Al-Qawia (Strong Egypt) Party and the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).

In a statement on Friday, the FJP stressed its opposition to any acts of violence, “even if they are committed against those who supported the military coup,” referring to the ouster of Morsi on 3 July.

Dawoud resigned from his post as NSF spokesman on 16 August in objection to the support of several front parties to the security crackdown on pro-Morsi protesters. The resignation followed the forcible dispersal of the pro-Morsi Rabaa Al-Adaweya and Al-Nahda sit-ins on 14 August.


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