CAIRO: A lawsuit has been filed to deny steel tycoon Ahmed Ezz parliamentary candidacy because he represents “a threat to Egypt and its revolutions,” state-owned Al-Ahram news website reported Monday.
As Egypt has banned the Muslim Brotherhood on basis of national security, the state “should ban” members of former President Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party for the same reasons, a group of lawyers who filed the case to the Administrative Court said in a statement reported by Al-Ahram.
“Despite all the warnings I have received, I still want to share Egyptians’ dream of development,” Ezz said in a Saturday statement, announcing he was going to run for the parliamentary elections scheduled for March.
Ezz was arrested following the January 25 Revolution in 2011; he faced charges of profiteering and squandering public funds along with the former Industry Minister Ibrahim Mohamadeen.
In March 2013, Ezz was sentenced to 37 years in jail. He appealed the verdict, and the case was later dropped. He was then released after paying 100 million EGP ($13.9 million.)
In November 2014, Egypt’s Court of Cassation reduced the fine to 10 million EGP; however, a retrial is still ongoing.