The woman has been in police custody since then but Wanees was released because he had parliamentary impunity. However he no longer has that protection, after the parliament was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Constitutional Court last month.
Earlier this year, another member of al-Nour resigned in disgrace after fabricating a story that he had been attacked by gunmen to cover up the fact he had had a nose job, the sort of plastic surgery his party forbids.
Scandals of this sort could damage the credibility of Islamists who have made enormous gains since the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt. Keeping this case in the public eye could prove an embarrassment for a movement that prides itself on being a guardian of morality.
Wanees’s party called the police report fraudulent. It accused critics of trying to tarnish the image of Islamists before a presidential run-off vote that ended up handing victory to the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi.