Egypt includes economic expert Abdullah Shehata in “terrorist lists”

Shehata worked as an expert in a number of international financial institutions (Facebook)

The fifth circle decided (terrorism) In the Cairo Egyptian Criminal Court, on Saturday, the inclusion of the international economist Abdullah ShehataFormer Assistant Minister of Finance, and 20 other supporters of the late President Mohamed Morsi, have been on “terrorist lists” for a period of 5 years, under the pretext that they are accused of “possessing firearms, inciting publications, joining a group established in contravention of the law, violating the personal freedoms of citizens, and disrupting Provisions of the constitution. ”

Shehata is one of the brilliant university professors who were absent from prisons in Egypt, following the army’s coup against Morsi and President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi assuming power in 2014, as he worked for years as an expert in the International Monetary Fund, US aid, and other international financial institutions.

The Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Shehata to life imprisonment, on the pretext that he was the economic mind of the Muslim Brotherhood during and before their rule, as he worked as an advisor to finance ministers before the outbreak of the January 25 revolution, 2011 until Morsi was removed from the events of June 30, 2013. .

Shehata graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University in 1994, and obtained a master’s degree from the Netherlands and a doctorate from Britain, until he was appointed as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, and then a professor of economics in the same college. Shehata worked as a consultant in the Financial Policy Unit at the Egyptian Ministry of Finance since 2007, from which he moved to work at the International Monetary Fund.

On November 28, 2014, the security services arrested Shehata in conjunction with calls to demonstrate that day, and the Ministry of Interior released a video recording of confessions that he later denied, saying in one of his court sessions: “I was an advisor in the International Monetary Fund, and I have nothing to do with this. “The case or the records related to it. I also have no relationship with any terrorist groups or organizations.”

Shehata was attributed – contrary to the truth – possession of fireworks, consisting of 4 bottles that contain within their composition a mixture of fireworks, potassium chlorate, and 500 gunshots, as well as participating in a criminal agreement intended to commit the crime of deliberately sabotaging buildings and public properties intended for public facilities, in implementation of the purpose terrorist.

It is noteworthy that Shehata worked hard to improve the revenues of the Egyptian state, not by imposing more burdens on the poor citizen, but through the efficient use of state resources and curbing widespread corruption.

After joining the Ministry of Finance, he worked on the issue of reducing the budget deficit, reducing public debt, reaching support for those who deserve it, as well as reducing administrative corruption and eliminating customs and tax evasion activities in the country.

Shehata opened files that had been closed for many years in Egypt, such as tax evasion for big businessmen, such as Naguib Sawiris, Ahmed Ezz, Muhammad Al-Amin, and Muhammad Abu Al-Enein, and he also opened a file of large investors seizing thousands of acres on the (Cairo-Alexandria) desert road, which Its value exceeds 100 billion pounds.
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