Egypt's Salafist Nour Party said on Tuesday that it will take all necessary legal actions against "defamers" who claimed one of the group's members was at the centre of a scandal involving home sex tapes.
Egypt's Nour Party to take legal action against 'sex scandal defamers'
Copts and Poliltical Islam
Thursday ,13 November 2014
Local media reports claimed that a member of ultraconservative Islamic party had recorded several sex tapes of himself and a number of women.
But the Nour Party said the man, from Gharbiya governorate, has no relation with the party and has never been a member.
"[This is] an attempt to defame the party for political reasons," a statement published on the party's Facebook page read.
Nevertheless, the story can still be seen as bad press for the party ahead of upcoming parliamentary elections.
The Nour Party occupied the second-highest number of seats in the 2012 parliament, Egypt's last parliament before it was dissolved.
The most seats went to the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, from which ousted president Mohamed Morsi hails.
Egypt's next parliament, the last step in a transitional roadmap implemented following Morsi's ouster in July 2013, is expected to be elected by the end of March.
The Nour Party was one of several Islamist parties endorsing the roadmap, and will intend to push for a high number of seats in the upcoming parliament.
The Party is no stranger to scandals. One of its MPs in the 2012 parliament, Ali Wanis, was caught performing an "indecent" act in public with a 22-year old woman and then charged with assaulting the policeman who discovered the incident. Wanis was sentenced to four months in prison.
Another scandal was that of Nour Party MP Anwar El-Balkimy, known as the "Nose Job" Salafist, who lied about alleged facial injuries and claimed he was a victim of a violent attack – when he had actually undergone plastic surgery on his nose. El-Balkimy's 2012 parliament membership was later withdrawn.