Egyptian Islamist faces trial for indecent act

By REUTERS
July 5, 2012 20:42

 
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CAIRO - An Egyptian Islamist politician will face trial on public indecency charges after being caught in a compromising sexual act with a young woman in a parked car, the state news agency said on Thursday.

Ali Wanees is a member of the now dissolved parliament for the Salafi al-Nour party, which advocates a strict interpretation of Islam and prohibits sex outside marriage.

He was briefly detained in June after being found in the car with a university student on a deserted road in the Nile Delta, state news agency MENA said.

The woman has been in police custody since then but Wanees was released because he had parliamentary impunity. However he no longer has that protection, after the parliament was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Constitutional Court last month.

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