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Mohamed Abdel Hafiz…The fall of a Brotherhood man

Wednesday 06/February/2019 - 09:02 PM
The Reference
Ali Ragab

Mohammed Abdel Hafiz, who is involved in the assassination of Egyptian Public Prosecutor Hisham Barakat in June 2015, was born on January 24, 1991, and influenced by the Muslim Brotherhood's calls and misleading rhetoric promoted on the social media after January 25, 2011. The young has been a victim of their terrorist ideology. Abdel Hafiz was educated and graduated from Egyptian schools. He obtained a university degree in agriculture.

He worked in a government post in the city of Sadat, Menoufiya Governorate. He was influenced by the Muslim Brotherhood’s extremist ideology. Later he found himself involved in the killing of the Public Prosecutor.

According to the Muslim Brotherhood’s social media, Abdel Hafiz fled to Sudan and then to Somalia.

The two countries are known for significant influence of the Muslim Brotherhood. Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, is controlled Qatar’s man in Somalia, Fahad Yassin, deputy director of the Somalia’s Intelligence Service.

Abdel Hafiz arrived at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport on January 16, 2019, where he told the Turkish authorities that he was an opposition figure and was sentenced to death for his involvement in the killing of the Public Prosecutor.

Turk Press newspaper said on January 16, Abdel Hafiz was sent to Cairo.  Abddel Hafiz wanted admission, but the Turkish authorities refused as he did not meet the conditions. After investigations, the Turkish authorities said he violated the conditions of the B1visa.

He tried to illegally enter Turkey, according to the Turk Press newspaper. Abdel Hafiz told the Turkish security that he did not want to go back to Mogadishu, but he wanted to continue to the next destination – Cairo -- according to the ticket.

Egypt’s Court of Cassation upheld a death penalty for 9 people indicted in the killing of former Public Prosecutor Barakat on November 2, 2018.



Abdel Hafeez was found guilty in a number of cases in absentia.

Haitham Ghoneim, a young Egyptian living in Turkey, said in a video on YouTube that Abdel Hafiz had arrived at, Ataturk Airport in Istanbul with an invalid electronic visa.  Abdel Hafiz told the Turkish authorities that he was sentenced to death in Egypt, and requested political asylum. However, the Turkish authorities refused.

Ghoneim added that Abdel Hafiz was deported to Egypt on January 18, 2019. He posted on his Twitter account a photo of Abdel Hafiz tied up to the seat on the plane.  Ghoneim accused the Brotherhood’s leaders of failing Abdel Hafiz as they refused to save him from deportation.

However, Ahmad El-Saghir, who lives in Turkey, said that Adel Rashid, coordinator between the Brotherhood’s members and the Turkish authorities, did his best to save Abdel Hafiz.

"Rashid’s son told me that Abdel Hafiz had an expired visa. This is the mistake made by the man who brought him to Turkey,” El-Saghir said.

Abdel Hafiz was arrested at Cairo airport to carry out the court’s sentence against him.