MP accused of spying after meeting with Israeli ambassador
Parliamentarian Tawfiq Okasha - YOUM7

CAIRO:  Parliamentarian Tawfiq Okasha was charged with spying following his meeting with the Israeli ambassador to Egypt, Youm7 reported.

Member of Al-Ahrar political party in Delta’s Dakahlia governorate Hamada Awadein filed a complaint to the Attorney General against Okasha, a lawmaker who was was beaten by a colleague with his shoe, accusing him of “spying and disturbing he public order and security.”

Awadein said he demanded in his complaint to lift the parliamentary immunity from Okasha, and bar him from traveling abroad, saying that he should be brought to justice “urgently” over “spying for a foreign country.”

“Okasha’s reception to the ambassador of the Zionist entity [Israel] at his house is an attempt to bully ….after he failed to achieve his dream to be the speaker of the House of Representatives,” Awadein added.

Following his three-hour meeting with Israeli ambassador to Cairo  Haim Koren Feb. 25, during which they discussed “continued cooperation” and Israeli relations with Arab countries and the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD,) Okasha has faced a barrage of criticism by the Parliamentarians and Egyptian civilians. He was referred to an investigative committee of the Parliament.

Meanwhile, the Attorney-General ordered on Monday an urgent investigation into a report claiming that Okasha had perjured himself in the documents he submitted to the High Elections Committee before running for the parliament.

After Okasha’s “verbal abuse” against Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel-Aal, Okasha was banned from attending 10 sessions in the parliament.

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