40. AWR Daily Overview, June 9, 2012: Salafī MP caught red-handed in indecent act

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After an earth-shaking scandal by Salafī Member of Parliament Anwar al-Balkīmī, policemen arrested Salafī lawmaker ‘Alī Wanīs in an indecent act with a young girl inside his car on a highway. [Salāh al-Wakīl and Dīnā al-Husaynī, al-Wafd, June 9, p. 1] Read text in Arabic

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Officer Ahmad Bahā’ al-Dīn of al-Qalyubia Security Department suspected a car parked in a dark spot, 50 meters away from al-‘Abd Mall in the city of Tūkh, on the agricultural highway, at 08:00 pm on Thursday (June 7).

It turned out that the car was boarded by Salafī legislator ‘Alī Wanīs of al-Nūr Party, the second largest bloc in the People’s Assembly, and a young girl seen together in an indecent act.

The prosecutor heard policeman Māhir Muhammad Nasr and police captain Ahmad Bahā' who both confirmed the reports. Wanīs dismissed the charges and said he was trying to recover her from a state of unconsciousness.

Salafī supporters started a march in Banhā led by Wanīs and mingled with another led by former presidential candidate 'Abd al-Mun'im Abū al-Futūh, chanting slogans against the military rule. [Salāh al-Wakīl and Dīnā al-Husaynī, al-Wafd, June 9, p. 1] Read text in Arabic

Joseph Malāk, the director of the Egyptian center for development and human rights studies, a think-tank specialized in Coptic affairs, said the absence instructions by the church or Coptic leaders in the first round of the presidential elections gave rise to different orientations of Coptic votes.

Malāk denounced some attempts to hurl the runoff round into a sectarian juncture in the manner of the March 19, 2011 referendum over the constitutional amendments.

"Some Copts will vote for Shafīq for representing a civil state and to avoid a religious state, others will do it because they voted for him in the first round, some others will vote for Muhammad Mursī for representing the revolution and to avoid any face from the former regime and the largest sector of Christians who voted for Hamdīn Sabbāhī in the first round could boycott the election," said Malāk. [Author Not Mentioned, al-Ahrām, June 9, p. 13] Read original text in Arabic

In an ad published by al-Ahrām newspaper, People's Assembly Speaker Sa'd al-Katātnī invited the non-appointed members of the parliament's two chambers, the Azhar, Egyptian churches, judicial organizations, executive power representatives, professional syndicates, farmers' union, Egypt's Trade Union Federation (ETUF), the Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI), the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce (FEDCOC) and public figures to name their candidates for the constituent assembly within a deadline of Sunday (June 10). [Author Not Mentioned, al-Ahrām, June 9, p. 3] Read text in Arabic

In a 527-page well-referenced and encyclopedic book titled al-Kanīsah al-Misrīyah…Tawāzunāt al-Dīn Wal-Dawlāh (The Egyptian Church…Balances of Religion and State) by Hānī Labīb, double-standards of the Muslim Brotherhood is once again revealed to readers as far as the issue of citizenship in Egypt is concerned. [Rif'at al-Sa'īd, al-Ahrām, June 9, p. 3] Read original text in Arabic

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