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Egyptian court doles out suspended sentence to Salafist 'nose job' MP

A court has convicted former Nour Party member of the People's Assembly Anwar El-Balkimy on charges of filing a false complaint relating to his facial injuries

Ahram Online, Tuesday 18 Sep 2012
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Former Nour Party MP Anwar El-Balkimy (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Imbaba Misdemeanour Court has given former Nour Party parliamentarian Anwar El-Balkimy, who claimed that facial injuries from surgery were in fact caused by a violent robbery, a suspended sentence of three months, on charges of filing a false police complaint.

El-Balkimy, who at the time of the claims was an MP in the now-dissolved parliament, became known as the "nose job" parliamentarian when in February his claims that he had been beaten and robbed of LE100,000 were discovered to be false, and the facial injuries he had attributed to the attack were the result of cosmetic surgery.

The manager of a cosmetic surgery clinic revealed that El-Balkimy had undergone rhinoplasty on 28 February, the day before the alleged attack, and had insisted on discharging himself immediately after the operation.

In March, the lower house lifted El-Balkimy’s parliamentary immunity, allowing the case to proceed.

In April, El-Balkimy apologised in a parliamentary session for lying about his injuries. The apology came after the speaker of People's Assembly, Saad El-Katatni, announced that a hundred MPs had requested that El-Balkimy's membership of parliament be withdrawn. 

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