Egyptian ex-lawmaker goes missing, may have been detained

Former Egyptian lawmaker Mustafa El-Nagar may have been detained by security forces, his wife said. (AFP)
Updated 17 October 2018
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Egyptian ex-lawmaker goes missing, may have been detained

CAIRO: The wife of a former Egyptian lawmaker says he went missing nearly three weeks ago and may have been detained by security forces.
Shaymaa Afifi says Mustafa El-Nagar went missing on September 27 while traveling to the southern city of Aswan. She has sent a request to prosecutors asking for information about his whereabouts.
She says an unknown person informed her by telephone last week that police arrested her husband but gave her no further details.
An appeals court on Monday upheld El-Nagar’s conviction and three-year prison sentence for insulting the judiciary. He had been out on appeal.
Egypt’s Interior Ministry did not respond to requests for comment.
Rights groups say Egypt has forcibly disappeared people in recent years as part of a wide-ranging crackdown on dissent.


US Senate lets $300m arms sale to Bahrain proceed

Senate Democrat Bob Menendez said Bahrain’s “willingness to host our naval forces also places Bahrain at greater risk from attack from Iran and terrorist groups seeking to do harm to the United States.” (AFP)
Updated 9 min 19 sec ago
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US Senate lets $300m arms sale to Bahrain proceed

  • Critics of the bill warned that punishment of Bahrain would be misplaced, especially as 7,800 US military personnel are deployed there on a base that hosts the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet

WASHINGTON: The US Senate has rejected a long-shot effort to block $300 million in arms sales to Bahrain, as the bill’s opponents stressed the island nation was a critical ally hosting an American naval base.
The effort, led by Republican Senator Rand Paul, failed as the US Senate voted 77 to 21 to table the measure, essentially killing it.
Critics of the bill warned that punishment of Bahrain would be misplaced, especially as 7,800 US military personnel are deployed there on a base that hosts the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet, which helps protect American interests in the region. Bahrain is strategically located between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Senate Democrat Bob Menendez said Bahrain’s “willingness to host our naval forces also places Bahrain at greater risk from attack from Iran and terrorist groups seeking to do harm to the United States.”
Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the committee chairman, said Bahrain is home to a naval base with 7,800 US service members protecting American interests and serving as a buffer against the Iranian regime.
He said that blocking an arms sale to an ally over “something that has nothing to do with them, but has something to do with another country is not a pragmatic, nor a sensible step.”