Presidential candidate Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh(L) and activist and blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah (R) (Photo: Al-Ahram)
A Cairo criminal court has placed former 2012 presidential candidate Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh and activist and blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah on the state’s terror list for a five-year period, along with 26 other people.
The court order comes following a request by State Security prosecutors made in connection with a 2019 terrorism-related case.
The court said the decision was issued in accordance with the country’s anti-terrorism law.
The list includes El-Hassan Khairat El-Shater, who is the son of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Deputy Supreme Guide Khairat El-Shater.
Under the anti-terrorism law, which has been in effect since 2015, any person placed on the terror list is subject to a travel ban and having their assets frozen.
Abul-Fotouh was arrested in February 2018 after he returned from London, where he had given interviews critical of the government. Shortly after his arrest, Abul-Fotouh was placed on the terrorism list for alleged ties with the Brotherhood before his appeal against the designation decision was accepted earlier this year.
Abul-Fotouh, who leads the centrist Strong Egypt party, is a former member of the Brotherhood. He defected from the group in 2011 and has for years distanced himself from it. He ran for president in 2012.
Blogger Abdel-Fattah was arrested in September 2019, six months after he was released after serving a five-year sentence for protesting without a permit in violation of a 2013 law.