The Egyptian government is denying an accusation by the wife of a former lawmaker that her husband may have been detained by police.A statement by the State Information Service on Thursday categorically denies that Mustafa el-Nagar has been detained. Instead, it described him as a fugitive from a three-year prison sentence upheld this week by the country's top appeals court following his conviction along with some two dozen others of insulting the judiciary."The rumours about his forced disappearance are totally unfounded," it said.In a request for information sent to Egypt's top prosecutors, el-Nagar's wife, Shaymaa Afifi, said he went missing on September 27 while traveling to the southern city of Aswan. She said an unknown person informed her by telephone last week that police arrested her husband.* Sign up to News24's top Africa news in your inbox: SUBSCRIBE TO THE HELLO AFRICA NEWSLETTERFOLLOW News24 Africa on Twitter and Facebook.