Sisi’s Transnational Repression: Silencing Political Dissidents in Exile

Source: Arab Center Washington DC

Author(s): Khalil Al-Anani

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On January 6, the FBI arrested Pierre Girgis, an Egyptian American, for spying on critics of Egypt’s president in the United States. According to the US Department of Justice, Girgis was indicted by a Manhattan federal court for acting as an illegal agent of Egypt as he “tracked and obtained information regarding political opponents of Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.” Girgis’s case is another indicator of the autocratic nature of Sisi’s regime and reveals how far that regime will go in targeting and intimidating its political opponents. Since seizing power after the coup of 2013, Sisi quashed political opposition at home and is making every effort to silence it abroad, too. The Egyptian president’s repressive policies against the opposition are emboldened and encouraged by the silence of his western allies, particularly the United States, which has done little to stop or prevent these policies.

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