Ahmed Shafik is in Cairo and his health is “good”, his lawyer has said after meeting the former Egyptian prime minister for the first time since his arrival in the Egyptian capital on Saturday.
“I had a meeting with Shafik an hour ago at one of the hotels in New Cairo and confirmed his health,” Dina Adly wrote on Facebook on Sunday evening.
“He confirmed that his health was good and that he was not subjected to any investigations,” she added, without mentioning the name of the hotel where she met Shafik.
Shafik, who has lived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 2012 after losing the Egyptian elections to Mohamed Morsi, was arrested by Emirati authorities on Saturday and later deported, according to Adly.
His exact whereabouts and condition were unknown after landing in Egypt’s capital.
Earlier on Sunday, Bloomberg news agency reported that Shafik’s daughters accused Egyptian authorities of “kidnapping” the 76-year-old.
Amira Ahmed Shafik said in a voice recording sent to Bloomberg that her father was denied access to his lawyer and that they planned to sue the Egyptian authorities over his treatment.
On Wednesday, Shafik said in an exclusive video message to Al Jazeera that he had been blocked from leaving the UAE, hours after announcing plans to run in Egypt’s 2018 presidential elections.
“I was surprised to know that I am prevented from leaving the UAE, for reasons that I don’t understand and I am not willing to understand,” he said in his statement.
“I reject any intervention in Egypt’s affairs by preventing me from participating in a constitutional right and a holy mission to serve my country,” he added.