Former Egyptian politician Mohamed Mahsoub, who fled country in 2013, held in Sicily

The arrest of a former Egyptian politician in Sicily has highlighted growing ties between Italy’s rightwing government and the government of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

“Italian police have been holding me for three hours near the city of Comiso at the request of the Egyptian authorities to extradite me,” tweeted Mohamed Mahsoub, who was Egypt’s minister of state for parliamentary affairs from August to December 2012, representing the Islamist al-Wasat party. “They refuse to disclose the charges against me.”

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