CAIRO: Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab revoked Wednesday the nationality of Khaled Abdel Fattah Ahmed Hassan, a man who obtained Israeli citizenship without obtaining permission from the Ministry of Interior, according to a statement.
According to Article 10 of the Egyptian Nationality Law, no Egyptian citizen may acquire another citizenship without permission from the Minister of Interior; if he were to take a foreign nationality without the permit, the Cabinet may revoke his Egyptian citizenship.
The Egyptian nationality may also be stripped from a person convicted of treason, or one who joins a foreign military without permission from the Egyptian Ministry of Defense.
In June 2010, an Egyptian court ruled that the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior shall strip off the nationality from all Egyptians who married Israeli women. The court ruling also includes Arab Israelis women who were forced to have the Israeli citizenship.
Egyptian society rejects any association with Israel, although the government has trade agreements with Israel dating from 1980, allows Israeli tourists to visit the country, and both countries maintain mutual embassies.
Most Egyptian citizens are subject to extreme scrutiny for any perceived contact or collusion with Israelis.
In October, 2014, Mahlab stripped the Egyptian nationality from citizen Hesham el-Tayyeb because he is permanent resident in a foreign country. The court was issued after the parliamentary law was amended to allow the dual citizenship Egyptians to run for parliamentary elections.
If one’s nationality were stripped by the government, one has the right to appeal the decision, according to the law, but those who choose to renounce their citizenship forfeit their right to request it be reinstated.
Al Jazeera English reporter Mohamed Fahmy is being tried, with other two journalists, over charges of broadcasting “false news;” he renounced his Egyptian citizenship in February in order to qualify for deportation in accordance with a presidential decree issued by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in Nov. 2014.