Former presidential candidate referred to prosecution

Daily News Egypt
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Egyptian leftist presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi gestures to his supporters during a campaign rally in Cairo, on May 23, 2014. Sabbahi, 60, who says he was jailed 17 times under former presidents Anwar Sadat and Mubarak, came third in the 2012 presidential election which was won by the Islamist Mohamed Morsi. (AFP PHOTO/MAHMOUD KHALED)

Prosecutor General Nabil Sadek referred a report against former presidential candidate and prominent political activist Hamdeen Sabahy to the prosecution for further investigation.

Lawyer Ashraf Faraht accused Sabahy of attempting to overthrow the regime and incite violence, after televised statements by the former candidate in January 2016. The lawyer also called on putting him on travel ban.

The reports revealed that Sabahy was also accused of saying “We will continue”, which according to Farahat is a slogan used by rebels that indicate their intention to protest.

When he appeared on the private TV channel with host Wael Al-Ebrashy, Sabahy called for justice and denounced the spread of discrimination and oppression and hunger among in society.

In September 2012, Sabahy founded the Popular Current. In its official statement early January, it held then-minister of defence President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi accountable for the forced disappearances of political activists.


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