Egyptian Public Prosecutor Orders Investigations into Claims of a former Mubarak’s right hand “Mofeed Shehab” over the Red Sea Islands

Egypt’s Public Prosecutor Nabil Sadek ordered investigations into a complaint filed by Lawyer Mohamed Fadl Ashour against Dr.Mofeed Shehab -the former assistant secretary general of the dissolved National Democratic Party (NDP) accusing him of spreading false news and rumors concerning Tiran and Sanafir islands, by saying that the Egyptian Islands belong to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), which in fact contradicts his previous stances. Dr. Shehab had supervised a Ph.D. research by the researcher Fekry Ahmed Songor, which  confirmed that the two islands are part of the Egyptian territory.

In this context, the Public Prosecutor delegated the Attorney General of South Cairo to investigate the complaint against Shehab.  The lawyer who filed the complaint said that Shehab will probably face charges of spreading false news and rumors according to Article 102 of the Penal Code.

The Ph.D. research paper supervised by Dr. Mofeed Shehab that confirmed Egypt’s right over Tiran and Sanafir Islands contradicts his recent statements that deny Egypt’s right.  The Ph.D. reads: “We have concluded that Tiran and Sanafir islands are Egyptian and that the only waterway passage for navigation is the Enterprise passage between Tiran and Egypt’s Sinai coast which is less than 3 maritime miles wide. Also, the straits’ water lies within Egypt’s historical internal waters.”

On the other hand, Lawyer Mohamed Fadl Ashour said that he will present to the Public Prosecution an official copy of the historical ruling of the Egyptian Administrative Court that nullified the maritime border demarcation agreement signed in April 2016  between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, ceding the two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. The recent verdict has nullified the Egyptian-Saudi agreement and its repercussions, which means that the two islands will remain part of Egypt’s territories, within its borders and under its sovereignty. It also prohibits and bans conducting any change of the two position of the two islands in any way in favor of any other country.