President’s scientific adviser delays return to Egypt
Essam Heggy - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The president’s scientific adviser, Essam Heggy, most recently known for his Feb. 28 interview with satirist Bassem Youssef, decided to delay his return to Egypt from the United States in order to avoid escalated tensions.

“I do not want to increase the current state of tension witnessed in the Egyptian media, as it would not provide a solution for the current crisis,” Heggy told Youm7 Sunday.

Heggy has been criticized by media and political figures for calling unscientific a device invented by the army that allegedly detects and cures HIV and Hepatitis C.

Planetary scientist and former NASA researcher, Heggy said earlier that the device was a scientific scandal for Egypt worldwide.

Heggy was scheduled to arrive in Egypt on Saturday to meet with President Adly Mansour to discuss his recent controversial statements.

Originally published in Youm7.

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