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Egypt Prosecutors Want to Probe Salafi MP Over ‘Indecent Act’

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June 13 (Bloomberg) -- Egyptian prosecutors have asked that an Islamist lawmaker’s parliamentary immunity be stripped so they can question him about an “indecent act” he allegedly committed with a young woman in a car, a prosecutor’s office said.

Ali Wanis, a lawmaker representing the Salafi Nour Party, was found by police on June 7 in a parked car with a university student on a stretch of road near the city of Tokh. Authorities want to question him about the incident, the prosecutor’s office in the city of Banha said late yesterday in a faxed statement. Wanis has denied wrongdoing, saying the woman was a relative who wasn’t feeling well, the state-run Al-Ahram reported on its English website on June 8.

The woman who was found with him in the vehicle was ordered detained for 15 days pending the investigation, according to the statement.

The Nour party holds the second largest bloc of seats in parliament’s lower house, after the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party. Salafis adhere to a strict interpretation of Islam.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tarek El-Tablawy in Cairo at teltablawy@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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