Judiciary censures Egyptian opposition figure Ahmed al-Tantawi and bars him from running in elections

Egyptian opposition member Ahmed al-Tantawi will be sentenced to one year in prison with a suspended sentence after being granted bail, an Egyptian court ruled. He was convicted of circulating election process papers without the permission of the authorities.

Ahmed al-Tantawi had intended to run in the Egyptian presidential elections, which were won by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, but was unable to do so.

In a statement last night, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights condemned the Matareya Misdemeanor Court's decision to imprison former presidential candidate Ahmed al-Tantawi in his presence, through his agent, for a year with work and bail. Condemned. A fine of £20,000 will be imposed with the execution of the sentence being temporarily suspended, while he will be debarred from taking part in parliamentary elections for a period of 5 years.''

The initiative said the court also ruled in absentia to one year's imprisonment with payment of bail to suspend the execution against Tantawi's election campaign manager in the same case.

According to the human rights organization, the case also includes 21 other defendants sentenced to one year in prison “with hard labor.”

In November, the defendants were referred to the Criminal Court on the grounds that al-Tantawi had invited people wishing to issue powers of attorney for them to fill out a manual form called “Popular Power of Attorney”, which he prepared are similar to powers of attorney. By Egyptians abroad.

Al-Tantawi resorted to this after blaming the authority for his inability to assemble the necessary agencies to officially complete his candidacy, pointing out that his supporters had appointed real estate registries for this task throughout the country. The agencies in the offices were deliberately prevented from releasing them.

Al-Tantawi, 44, had collected more than 14,000 powers of attorney. To complete his candidacy file, he had to collect 25,000 powers of attorney from citizens in 15 of the country's 27 governorates, or receive at least 20 “recommendations” from representatives. Parliament.

Al-Tantawi's campaign announced several times that his supporters were being deliberately prevented from obtaining powers of attorney under various pretexts: computer malfunctions or staff not having the required time.

On December 18, the National Electoral Authority announced that Sisi had won the presidential race with 89.6% of the vote, which was contested by three candidates who were not widely known among the public: Hazem of the Republican Popular Party; Omar and chief Farid Zahran. Egyptian Democratic Party (centre-left). and Abdel-Sanad Yamama from the ancient liberal Wafd party.

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