Egypt's Senate denies request to strip political analyst Abdel-Moneim Said of parliamentary immunity

Gamal Essam El-Din , Monday 5 Jul 2021

A report said the request to drop Said's immunity was based on 'malicious foundations'

Egypt's Senate

The Senate – Egypt's consultative upper house – voted Monday against lifting the parliamentary immunity of prominent political analyst and appointed senator Abdel-Moneim Said.

A report prepared by the Senate's legislative and constitutional affairs committee recommended that the request to strip Said of parliamentary immunity, submitted by Prosecutor-General Hamada El-Sawy, be rejected because it is based on malicious foundations.

"All members of the committee met to discuss the request and after reviewing it in legislative terms, they came up with the conclusion that it should be rejected," said the report.

Abdallah Al-Assar, the chair of the Senate's legislative and constitutional affairs committee, said Article 230 of the Senate's internal bylaws states that in reviewing requests submitted by the prosecutor-general or the minister of justice on dropping the immunity of any senators, the legislative and constitutional affairs committee should focus on investigating whether these requests are based on malicious intentions.

"The committee concluded that the request against Said was lacking evidence and that it was clearly motivated by malicious intentions," said Al-Assar.

According to the request, Said, while he was chairman of the board of Al-Ahram Press Organisation between 2009 and 2011, was involved in misusing public funds, and for this reason he should be stripped of parliamentary immunity and face trial.

Said is a prominent political analyst who was the manager of Al-Ahram's Centre for Strategic and Political Studies. In 2009, Said was appointed chairman of the board of Al-Ahram Press Organisation.

After leaving Al-Ahram in 2011, Said was appointed chairman of the board of the private newspaper of Al-Masry Al-Youm. Following the Senate elections last year, Said was named by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi as a member of the Senate.

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