Egypt deports German of Egyptian origin for attempting to join Daesh terrorist elements in Sinai: MENA

Ahram Online , Friday 11 Jan 2019

The 24-year-old student, who tried to enter the country through Cairo Airport to join Daesh terrorists, was deported after he gave up his Egyptian citizenship

Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Issa Al-Sabbagh
German nationals of Egyptian origins Mahmoud Abdel Aziz (L) and Issa Al-Sabbagh (R) (Photo Courtesy of MENA)

Egypt has deported a German national of Egyptian origin on suspicion of attempting to join Daesh terrorist elements in Sinai, and is also set to deport another over similar accusations. the state official news agency MENA reported on Friday. 

According to MENA, the authorities said they recently arrested German national Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz, 24, upon arriving in the country at Cairo International Airport from saudi Arabia.

Abdel-Aziz, a student at Saudi Arabia’s Islamic University, was attempting to join Daesh terrorist elements in Sinai, the authorities said.

The authorities also explained that since they determined that Abdel-Aziz had not committed any crime per Egyptian law, he was deported to Germany, in coordination with the German Embassy in Egypt, after he agreed to give up his Egyptian nationality.

MENA said that the authorities has also recently arrested another German of Egyptian origin identified as Issa El-Sabagh, 19, upon arriving at Luxor International Airport from Germany as he was found in possession of maps of North Sinai.

The authorities said they determined after investigations that El-Sabbagh shares the beliefs of the Daesh terrorist group in Germany and is connected online to some of their members.

El-Sabbagh arrived in Egypt planning to join terrorists elements in North Sinai, the authorities said.

The government said that it did not consider El-Sabbagh an Egyptian national since he automatically lost that right in 2007 while a minor, when his father gave up his Egyptian nationality to attain German citizenship.

Legal procedures to deport El-Sabbagh to Germany have been finalized, MENA added.

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