Egyptian authorities arrest ex-ambassador for criticizing the official approach to GERD’s crisis

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The former Egyptian ambassador to Venezuela Yehia Negm’s family revealed that he had been arrested on May 29 after raiding his house and tampering with its contents without giving reasons for his arrest.

The family of the former diplomat confirmed that he appeared at the Supreme State Security Prosecution on June 2, after an enforced disappearance that lasted for three days, during which it was not known where he was being held or the circumstances of the arresting decision.

The Public Prosecution charged the ambassador with accusations, including joining a terrorist group, spreading false news, and misusing social media. A decision was issued to imprison him for 15 days pending investigation.

Negm’s family indicated that as soon as the investigation concluded with him, he was transferred again to an unknown location, demanding that his whereabouts be determined and that his medications be entered, as his health condition is critical and needs continuous follow-up. Negm had attacked the performance of the Egyptian state in the Renaissance Dam crisis, describing the conflicting statements of the regime as internal delirium and personal schizophrenia, in a post on his official account on Facebook.

Negm added that the situation has come to the point that our opponents use the statements of officials of the ruling regime against us; Because they no longer need negotiation and propaganda. He accused Egypt’s officials of adopting the Ethiopian allegations.

The former ambassador claimed that this gibberish uttered by officials of the regime confirms the absence of institutions or a collective mind that runs the state. He stressed that whoever is managing matters is one party, or one person, who deceives, numbs, and even betrays the Egyptian people until the dam’s construction is completed, he said.

This is not the first time that Negm has been arrested, as he was imprisoned in 2016 with 28 defendants for four days pending investigations on charges of demonstrating without a permit. He had participated in demonstrations to object to the border demarcation agreement with Saudi Arabia, under which Egypt ceded the islands of Tiran and Sanafir to the KSA.