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Morsi's imprisoned chief-of-staff allowed to attend mother's wake

The former diplomat is serving a 3-year-sentence for abusing his powers while in office

Ahram Online , Wednesday 23 Dec 2015
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Mohamed Rifaa El-Tahtawy (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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The former chief of staff of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, Mohamed Rifaa El-Tahtawy, was granted on Wednesday a one-day furlough to attend his late mother’s wake.
 
The decision, approved by Minister of Interior Magdy Abdel-Ghafar, allowed El-Tahtawy to leave Tora Farm Prison to attend the wake in Maadi.
 
In April, El-Tahtawy received a three-year prison sentence for abusing his power while in office by appointing an employee with a criminal record.
 
The sentence is currently being appealed.
 
El-Tahtawy is not a member of the banned Muslim Brotherhood or its political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, from which Morsi hails. 
 
He is a former diplomat who served in Iran and was also an official spokesman for Al-Azhar.
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