'Nose job' Salafist MP stripped of parliamentary immunity

Ahram Online, Thursday 29 Mar 2012

Parliament lifts Anwar El-Balkimy's immunity, allowing lawsuit to proceed; the Salafist Nour Party MP earlier tried to mask cosmetic surgery by claiming his facial injuries were sustained in a robbery

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Salafist Nour Party MP Anwar El-Balkimy

The People's Assembly on Thursday lifted parliamentary immunity from Salafist Nour Party MP Anwar El-Balkimy following publication of a report into his conduct by parliament's legislative affairs committee.

Parliamentary speaker and senior Muslim Brother Saad El-Katatni said El-Balkimy had request the move so he could fight the lawsuit against him.

El-Balkimy said he was beaten and robbed of LE100,000 on 29 February. However, it was later discovered that his facial injuries were caused by cosmetic surgery. The manager of a medical clinic revealed that El-Balkimy had undergone nose surgery on 28 February (the day before the alleged attack) and insisted on discharging himself immediately after the operation.

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