Egypt expels son of prominent Palestinian politician


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Egyptian authorities deport the son of prominent Palestinian politician after serving two and a half years in pre-trial detention on allegations of links to an outlaw group

CAIRO – Egyptian authorities have expelled the son of a prominent Palestinian politician after he served two and a half years in pre-trial detention on allegations of having links with an outlaw group, said Saturday his family.

Ramy Shaath, son of Nabil Shaath, adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, was released Thursday and then deported, the family said in a statement. He was forced to renounce his Egyptian citizenship to gain his freedom, he added.

The family said Egyptian authorities handed over Ramy Shaath to a Palestinian Authority official at Cairo International Airport, where he boarded a flight to the Jordanian capital of Amman.

He then boarded another flight Saturday to Paris, where his French wife Céline Lebrun Shaath resides, according to the statement.

The Egyptian government made no immediate comment.

Ramy Shaath was arrested in July 2019 at his home in Cairo and accused of having links to the Muslim Brotherhood, which the Egyptian government characterized as a terrorist organization in 2013.

A dual Palestinian-Egyptian national, he was added to a case that included a former lawmaker and key secular activists. They had been arrested about a month before Shaath and accused of collaborating with wanted members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey to instigate violence and riots.

Last year he was added to the country’s terrorist list.

Ramy Shaath helped establish the Egyptian branch of the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel, known as BDS.

The family’s statement said Egyptian authorities forced him to renounce his citizenship as a “precondition for his release”.

“No one should have to choose between their freedom and their citizenship. Ramy was born Egyptian …. No forced renunciation of citizenship will ever change that, ”the statement said.

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