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Brotherhood's Erian concerned over Saudi verdict against Egyptian businesswoman

FJP vice chairman Essam El-Erian demands, Sunday, Saudi Arabian authorities shed light on Naglaa Wafa, allegedly sentenced to five years in prison and 500 lashes after 'quarrel with princess'

Ahram Online, Monday 20 Aug 2012
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Naglaa Wafa, an Egyptian detained in Saudi Arabia (Left) and Muslim Brotherhood's Essam El-Erian (Photo: Ahram)
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Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam El-Erian called for Saudi Arabian authorities to clarify the status of Egyptian businesswoman Naglaa Wafa, who is currently serving a five year prison sentence and 500 lashes in Riyadh, via his Twitter account on Sunday.

International media reported that Wafa was arrested following a conflict between her and a Saudi princess, who was also her business partner.

In a series of tweets El-Erian, who is the vice chairman of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, voiced discontent with Wafa’s detention and urged Saudi's ambassador in Egypt to explain the charges laid against her. He also called on the Egyptian ambassador to the Islamic kingdom to "do his job" and follow up the case.

The detained Egyptian, who has been living in Saudi Arabia for seven years, has repotedly suffered 300 lashes of her sentence since being detained in 2009.

In an interview with independent Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm, Wafa's father accused people close to the princess of "setting up" his daughter, complaining that no Egyptian official has helped his family voice their daughter's issue.

Wafa's father further added that his family has been threatened, in case they reveal the identity of the Saudi princess.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights condemned on Monday the detention and punishment meted to Wafa in Saudi Arabia and called on president Mohamed Morsi to intervene in her case to secure her release in order to put an end to the physical hardship she reportedly faced in the past three years.

There is no confirmed number of Egyptian citizens detained in Saudi Arabia’s prisons. The growing issue was recently bought to light again following the detention of a young lawyer Ahmed El-Gizawi.

El-Gizawi was accused of drug smuggling and is currently being held in Saudi Arabia pending trial in September. However, his family claims he was arrested after criticising the Saudi royal family, as he filed several complaints against the kingdom’s officials for unlawfully detaining Egyptians.

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The golden rule. The one who has the gold rules! This seems to be applicable to the case at hand. A good opportunity for the Egyptian government to step up to the plate and defend justice and freedom for those in Egypt and Egyptian nationals outside Egypt. It is hard to believe that a country still applies lashes as punishment in general and certainly in a civil case. It appears we may live in 2012 but the mindset of some is still very backward. Any regime that is based on corruption and tyranny instead of true and universal human values will ultimately implode- it is just a question of time.
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