The Italian Authorities Detain Former Egyptian Minister – Dr. Mohamed Mahsoub

– Mahsoub is living in France for the last years and one of prominent figures opposing Sisi regime in Egypt

– Human rights organizations call Italian authorities not to deport the Egyptian opposition figure

– Mahsoub has broadcasted a video saying Italian authorities have taken him from his hotel without presenting reasons and there is a fear of his deportation to Egypt.

محمد محسوب بالفيديو: سأدافع عن حريتي حتى آخر نفس

Geplaatst door Wael Quandil op Woensdag 1 augustus 2018

The Italian police detained Dr. Mohamed Mahsoub, an Egyptian politician and former Minister of  State for Parliamentary Affairs during President Mohamed Morsi’s rule in 2012, in the city of Catania on the island of Sicily in southern Italy. 

The Egyptian minister was stopped by the Italian authorities based on a request of the Egyptian authorities.

Dr. Mahsoub sent a message on his Twitter account stating that the Italian police refused to disclose the charges against him.

“The Italian police detained me for three hours near the city of Catania based on a request from the Egyptian authorities to extradite me, refusing to disclose the charges against me,” said Mahsoub.

On 2 August 2012, Mahsoub was appointed Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs during the administration of Mohamed Morsi.  Mahsoub was also head of the editorial board and a member of the constituent assembly in charge of drafting the new Egyptian constitution in 2012.

Mahsoub resigned from his post on December 27, 2012, to protest against President Mohamed Morsi’s decision to initiate a government reshuffle.

Since 2013, he lived in France, however, Mahsoub was one of the Egyptian politicians who opposed the military coup of 2013 against Egypt’s first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi .

Accordingly,  Mahsoub was part of a delegation of the National Coalition for Supporting Legitimacy that met the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Policy in Cairo on 29 July 2013 to discuss possible solutions for the crisis in Egypt in the aftermath of the military coup.

In 2016 Interpol had issued a “red alert” for his arrest based on a request from the Egyptian government.

It’s worth to mention that the Egyptian government had sent multiple requests to the International Police Organization (Interpol) to arrest members of the Muslim Brotherhood and other figures who oppose the coup rule in Egypt under the rule of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Since Dr. Mahsoub’s arrest in Italy, a hashtag  was enclosed on Twitter.

Many activists condemned and criticized the Italian authorities for cooperating with the military coup government in Egypt, saying that Italy has turned back to a fascist state by sending him back to the injustice of Egypt.


Other said to the Italian government how do you support “the ugly face of the third world dictator after you suffered from fascism .”

How  the Italian authority cooperating with Regeni’s killers?!

Italian activists criticised the Italian authorities for cooperating with Giulio Regeni’s killers “the coup authority in Egypt” and are detaining the anti-coup activist Dr. Mahsoub.


Giulio Regeni, the Ph.D. student who was doing postgraduate research into Egyptian trade unions, disappeared on the fifth anniversary of January Revolution. The Cambridge University student’s body was found brutally tortured in a roadside ditch on the outskirts of the Egyptian capital, on February 3, 2016. His mother said that she could only recognize him by his nose.

Torture found on Regeni’s body showed the signs of Egypt’s security forces which are known for using violence against detainees to gain information and confessions.

The Egyptian authorities have narrated several stories about the Italian student murder. They previously claimed he was killed in a traffic accident. Then, they claimed he was kidnapped and murdered by a gang specialized in killing foreigners. Four suspected men were shot dead by the Egyptian security forces.

Later, Egypt’s interior ministry said that the security forces have followed Regeni for three days only starting from January 7 to January 10 as a result of a file issued from the head of the independent street vendors’ union Mohamed Abdallah who reported Regeni to the authorities as posing danger to the national security.

Egypt’s interior ministry said that as a result of Abdallah’s tip-off, it placed Regeni under investigation, but they said that they ended following him on January 10 after they realized that his research was not dangerous and had “no interest to national security.”

However, Egypt’s Prosecutor General Nabil Sadek denied all these claims and presented evidence against the Egyptian security forces narration.

He presented the investigations adopted by his office confirming that the security forces continued to follow Regeni directly through their men since he returned back from Italy after celebrating the Christmas with his family and this close investigation lasted till January 14.

Then, it continued to follow him through their agents till January 22 -three days before his disappearance.