World Bulletin/News Desk
Salafist preacher and one-time presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail was referred to criminal court on Monday on charges of forging papers relating to his late mother's nationality during Egypt's 2012 presidential elections.
Abu-Ismail is accused of "introducing papers that affirm that his mother had not held any nationality but Egyptian, when in truth she had also held US nationality," a judicial source told Anadolu Agency.
The prominent preacher, a lawyer by profession, was arrested two days after the army deposed president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected head of state, following mass protests against his regime.
The charges against him date back to Egypt's 2012 presidential polls, which brought Morsi to power.
Abu-Ismail had been considered a frontrunner before being disqualified by the electoral committee when it was found that his mother held a US passport.
Abu-Ismail challenged the claim as baseless, accusing the committee of using unreliable documents to force him out of the presidential race.
Under Egypt's 2011 constitutional declaration, would-be presidential candidate's parents must both be Egyptian and not hold the citizenship of any other country.Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Ağustos 2013, 10:14