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.