The Egyptian consul in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia denied reports that a time has been set for the trial of Egyptian lawyer Ahmed al-Gizawy, who is being held in Saudi Arabia on charges of smuggling drugs into the kingdom.
The Saudi prosecution is still drafting the indictment, Consul Ali al-Esheiry said.
“Despite the presidential election and receiving around 3,000 votes for the runoff election, the Egyptian Consulate is following Gizawy’s case closely,” Esheiry said, adding that the consulate’s legal adviser has attended all of Gizawy’s investigation sessions. He added that the consulate is still waiting for Gizawy’s family to decide on which lawyer will defend him, after a second lawyer excused himself from defending Gizawy.
Amr Roshdy, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, said the ministry is in communication with Gizawy’s family.
Gizawy’s wife and sister met with Ahmed Ragheb, the foreign minister’s deputy for consular affairs, on 28 May to discuss developments in the case, according to Roshdy. They submitted several papers that were sent to Gizawy through the consulate’s legal adviser.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-YoumTags: Saudi Arabia, Ahmed Ragheb, Egyptian lawyer, presidential election, Ahmed al-Gizawy