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Ex-Egyptian Salafi Lawmaker to Face Indecency Charges, MENA Says

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July 5 (Bloomberg) -- A former Egyptian lawmaker from the ultraconservative Salafi group who authorities allege was caught in a car with a young woman in a compromising position will be referred to court on indecency charges, the state-run Middle East News Agency reported.

Authorities said Ali Wanis, who represented the Nour Party in the now-dissolved legislature, was found last month in a parked car with a university student on a stretch of road near the Nile Delta city of Tokh.

Prosecutors had sought to have his parliamentary immunity stripped so he could be questioned about the incident. State media had reported Wanis said the woman was a relative who wasn’t feeling well and that they were doing nothing improper.

Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud, Egypt’s prosecutor-general, referred Wanis and the woman to court on charges of “committing an indecent act on a public thoroughfare,” MENA reported, citing the prosecutor’s office. The move came after the lawmaker failed to appear as promised before prosecutors, the Cairo-based news agency said. Wanis also faces charges of slandering or insulting a police officer, it said.

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