Nose Job Scandal Topples Egyptian Salafi MP
By: Mohammad Khawly
Published Tuesday, March 6, 2012
“Abide by the law of God,” is the statement that Islamist MPs in the Egyptian parliament insisted on adding to the swearing-in oath. But this religious reference was not respected by al-Nour party MP Anwar al-Balkimy, who violated it.
Al-Balkimy fabricated a story about getting attacked by gunmen on the highway to cover up the fact that he had a nose job, something that his party strictly prohibits.
After two days of mutual accusations between the Salafi al-Nour party and the administration of Salma Hospital, where the MP had his plastic surgery, al-Balkimy settled the whole issue by leaking to the press the text of his resignation from the party and parliament.
In his resignation, he confessed: “I, MP Anwar al-Balkimy, admit that my claim that gunmen attacked me on the desert road was not true as I was under the influence of anesthesia.”
The MP apologized to the hospital doctors, his family, members of al-Nour party, and members of the parliament. In addition, he apologized to the media, security forces, and all the people of Egypt for the anxiety and disturbance he caused.
The letter of resignation stated: “For this reason I submit my resignation to al-Nour party for embarrassing it before public opinion and I ask God that everybody will be able to overcome the distress I caused. I also submit my resignation to the speaker of the parliament to do as he sees fit.”
The story began when some media outlets published that al-Balkimy was attacked by gunmen on the highway. In statements he made, he confirmed the incident and claimed that 100,000 Egyptian pounds (US$16,500) were stolen from him at 1:00am.
He filed a police report in which he accused unknown individuals of committing the crime. But something happened that he was not able to anticipate.
The director of Salma Hospital filed a report in which he accused the MP of lying because the bandages on his face were in fact not the result of an attack against him. They had been placed on him due to a plastic surgery that he – the doctor – performed on the MP.
The doctor added that the attack on the MP was certainly fabricated. He noted that al-Balkimy was in the hospital at the time the police report stated the alleged attack occurred.
When the MP denied what the doctor said and members of al-Nour accused the him of smearing al-Balkimy, the doctor presented papers to prove that the MP entered the hospital and gave his consent to have an operation.
As such, the Islamist party found itself in a highly embarrassing situation and issued a statement on Monday: “We regret this incident and we promise the Egyptian people that we will endeavor to achieve justice and transparency in all our actions and the steps we take.”
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.