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Washington proves Hazem Al-Beblawi’s immunity from trial and urges Egypt to respect human rights

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On Tuesday, Washington confirmed the immunity enjoyed by former Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem Al-Beblawy, affirming that it would prevent him from appearing before the American court in a torture case filed against an Egyptian-born activist. On the other hand, the United States stressed that it would continue to pressure Egypt on the human rights file.

Announced United State Tuesday that he enjoyed immunity Former Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem Al-Beblawy He is banned from appearing before the US judiciary in a torture case filed against him by an Egyptian-born human rights activist, stressing in return that it will continue to pressure Cairo in the human rights file.

The case against Al-Beblawy was filed by Mohamed Sultan, an Egyptian activist with American citizenship, who was arrested by the Egyptian authorities in 2013 and released in 2015 after he gave up his Egyptian nationality and his trip to the United States.

Sultan’s case came to light again after Egyptian and international human rights organizations condemned the arrest of members of his family by the Egyptian authorities, apparently for reasons related to the lawsuit he filed in the United States.

The Biden administration expressed concern about a relative of Sultan and others who had been imprisoned or reported harassment in Egypt.

On Tuesday, US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters, “We continue to strive for Egypt to be a stable and prosperous country in which the government protects the rights of all individuals, and this is important,” refusing to comment on the lawsuit.

And preceded Biden That he pledged to take a stronger stand on issues human rights In the world, from the position adopted by his predecessor, Donald Trump, who was said to describe the Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Sisi As his “favorite dictator”.

And Mohamed Sultan is the son of Salah Sultan, a leader in the Muslim Brotherhood, which was banned by the Egyptian authorities after Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who was commander of the army at the time, dismissed the Islamic president. Mohamed Morsy Following popular protests.

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Last June, this human rights activist filed a lawsuit in the United States under the American Law of Victims of Torture accusing the Egyptian authorities of torturing him while he was imprisoned there in 2013 and 2014, during which Al-Beblawy assumed the post of prime minister in his country. After the premiership, Al-Beblawy moved to represent his country at the International Monetary Fund in Washington.

In a memorandum delivered to the court last week, the US government said that Al-Beblawy left his position at the International Monetary Fund on October 31, while Sultan filed his case in June, when Al-Beblawi’s immunity was still in effect in the United States.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Boynton said in the memo that “changing the status of the former prime minister has no effect because the prosecutor filed the complaint (against Al-Beblawy) while he was enjoying the status of diplomatic representative.”

France 24 / AFP

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