Parl’t committee recommends depriving Okasha from attending sessions for 1 year
Member of Parliament Tawfik Okasha

CAIRO: The parliamentary committee tasked with investigating MP Tawfiq Okasha’s meeting with the Israeli ambassador to Egypt in his home last week has recommended a year-long suspension from the parliament, Youm7 reported.

The committee is scheduled to present its investigative report before the parliament Wednesday.

On Sunday, the committee decided to initially deprive Okasha from attending 10 parliamentary sessions on charges of “disrespecting” the parliament after he invited the Israeli Ambassador to Cairo Haim Koren for dinner at his home last week.

The move has stirred public controversy and outrage among MPs who called the move as a “sign of normalization” with Israel; a notion that has been rejected by public opinion in spite of the bilateral diplomatic ties of the two countries.

In a talk show aired at his Al Faraeen T.V. channel Saturday, Okasha asserted he had informed intelligence services of the ambassador’s visit adding that “there is no penalty against hosting a foreign ambassador.”


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