Egypt’s ex-parliamentarian Okasha slapped with travel ban
Parliamentarian Tawfiq Okasha - YOUM7

CAIRO: Egyptian Attorney General Nabil Sadeq on Saturday has placed ex-parliamentarian Tawfiq Okasha on a no-fly list pending investigations over falsifying his doctoral degree certificate, Youm7 reported.

The certificate was among other nomination documents required to run in the 2015 parliamentary elections.

In late February Egypt’s House of Representative revoked Okasha’s membership in the wake of his meeting with the Israeli Ambassador to Cairo Haim Koren.

“Okasha violated the ‎principle of the separation of powers and disrupted ‎Egypt’s parliamentary rules,” parliament speaker Ali Abdel-Al was quoted by Youm7.

The meeting 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 between the two countries.

The ex-lawmaker is currently challenging the parliament’s decision before the Court of Cassation; Egypt’s highest court.

Okasha won the highest number of votes among independent candidates in his electoral constituency of Talkha and Nebaroh in Egypt’s Delta governorate of Dakhalia, with more than 90,000 votes. He was dismissed after a term of less than two months, after the long-awaited Egyptian parliament convened in January this year.

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