Egypt: naturalization of 800 cancelled, most of them Palestinians

Published: 28/Oct/2014
Source: Al Masry Al Youm (Cairo)

[translation via Google translate]

Security sources revealed that the committee set up by the Council of Ministers to review all the decisions issued by the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, to pardon prisoners and grant citizenship to foreigners, has completed its work with regard to the citizenship issue and submitted a report to Eng. Ibrahim Mahlab, Prime Minister, to withdraw nationality Those who do not meet the conditions, confirming that their number is about 800 people, including Palestinians who obtained citizenship by fraud and forging official documents.

The sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm that all of them obtained it during Morsi’s era, among them the leader in the “Hamas” movement, Mahmoud Al-Zahhar, confirming that the National Security Agency is examining the extent of some of them’s relationship with terrorist entities or takfiri groups that committed any hostile acts against Egypt during the period.  The sources added that President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi requested a detailed report on the rumors about granting citizenship to large numbers of Palestinians, amounting to about 13 thousand people since the January 25 revolution, and directed to determine whether among them are members of any takfiri groups, such as the Salafi Jihadi, or the Council The Mujahideen Shura, or Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, and others, or not.

In a related context, the Ministry of Interior continued to review all weapons licenses issued during the reign of Morsi, and a number of Brotherhood leaders who are currently imprisoned in relation to criminal cases, and members of the Freedom and Justice Party, affiliated to the group, obtained them, and the sources said that the ministry began revoking these licenses.

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Themes: Loss and Deprivation of Nationality
Regions: Egypt
Year: 2014