Posts Tagged ‘ Egypt ’

Egypt: Court overturns Morsi life sentence

November 22, 2016
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Deutsche Welle Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"A court in Egypt overturned Tuesday a life sentence against the country's former president Mohammed Morsi. It is the second legal victory in a week for the Muslim Brotherhood leader, who was taken off death row last week when the court overturned a death sentence against him. Morsi was imprisoned after a 2013 military coup ended his year-long reign as Egypt's first freely elected president. Currently serving 20 years hard labor and a second life sentence, and facing a retrial of a death sentence, the recent victory does not mean he will be released from prison any time soon. Morsi has been accused and convicted of multiple crimes. The life sentence overturned on Tuesday followed charges of spying for the Islamist militant group Hamas." (11/22/16)

http://www.dw.com/en/ousted-egyptian-president-morsi-has-life-sentence-overturned/a-36477172  

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Egypt: Court overturns Morsi death sentence

November 15, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Egypt's highest court of appeal has overturned death sentences against ousted President Mohammed Morsi and five other Muslim Brotherhood leaders. The Court of Cassation ordered that the six men face a retrial in connection with a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak. Twenty-one life sentences for other Brotherhood members were overturned. Morsi was elected president in 2012 but was removed by the military a year later after protests against his rule." (11/15/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37985498  

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IMF approves $12 billion loan to Egyptian regime

November 12, 2016
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Al Jazeera Al Jazeera    

"Egypt has won International Monetary Fund approval for a three-year, $12bn bailout programme aimed at reviving the struggling economy, bringing down public debt and controlling inflation. The IMF said its executive board's approval on Friday immediately disbursed an initial loan tranche of $2.75bn to Egypt's central bank. The remainder will be phased out over the next three years and are subject to five reviews on required reforms." (11/12/16)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/egypt-imf-approves-12bn-loan-161112051416720.html  

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Egypt: Regime suspends TV anchor for referring to former president as “Mr. President”

October 23, 2016
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Anadolu Agency [Turkish state media]    

"Egyptian authorities have suspended a TV anchor for describing ousted president Mohamed Morsi as 'Mr President' during a news bulletin. Mona Shukri was suspended and referred to a disciplinary panel after she said 'Mr President' in reference to Morsi, the head of the Egyptian television's news sector, Khaled Mehanna, said Sunday. The anchor's comment came as she was reading news on a court verdict upholding a 20-year jail term against Morsi for violence charges. Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected leader, was ousted by the military in a 2013 coup -- after only one year in office -- following protests against his presidency." (10/23/16)

http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/egypt-suspends-tv-anchor-for-morsi-comment/670745  

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Egypt: At least 29 dead after boat carrying 600 migrants capsizes off coast

September 22, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"A boat carrying 600 migrants has capsized off the Egyptian coast near Kafr al-Sheikh, the Egyptian military said Wednesday. Around 150 people have been rescued and authorities have retrieved at least 29 bodies so far, the country's state media reported. The boat was on its way to Italy, the news agency MENA reported, attributing the information to the military." (09/21/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/21/middleeast/boat-capsize-migrants/  

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Egypt: Regime jails five for accepting foreign funds

September 18, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"An Egyptian judge ordered the financial assets of five human rights workers and three nongovernmental organizations frozen after allegations they accepted foreign funds without the government's approval. ... Among the men charged is Gamal Eid, a vocal critic of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi. Eid said he and the other groups are being targeted for exposing human rights abuses under the authoritarian Egyptian government. Others arrested include investigative journalist Hossam Bahgat, who founded the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights; Bahey el Din Hassan, founder of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies; Mostafa al-Hassan, director of the Hisham Mubarak Law Centre; and Abdel Hafiz el-Tayel, director of the Egyptian Center on the Right to Education." (09/17/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/09/17/Egypt-jails-five-human-rights-workers-over-accepting-foreign-funds/2601474141792/  

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Digital dystopia: Egyptian civil society at risk

June 27, 2016
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Electronic Frontier Foundation Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Jillian York  

"On June 23, Amnesty International -- along with IFEX, Human Rights Watch, FIDH, and seven other organizations -- issued a joint statement on the 'existential threat' faced by Egyptian civil society. In recent months, the statement reads: 'Many people working with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been detained and ill-treated, charged with offences under the draconian Counter-terrorism law, or subject to a judicial request to ban them from travel and freeze their assets.' Digital rights defenders are amongst those who have been targeted. ... It is not just the defenders of free speech, but free speech itself being attacked." (06/27/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/06/digital-dystopia-egyptian-civil-society-risk  

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Egypt: Regime court sentences six, including three journalists, to death

June 19, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"An Egyptian court handed down death sentences to six people, including two Al Jazeera journalists, for alleged spying. The six, along with former President Mohammed Morsy and his aides, were accused of leaking state secrets to Qatar. The court ruled Saturday in support of a verdict ratified by Egypt's religious leaders in the case dubbed the 'Qatar spying case.' In addition to the two former employees of the Qatar-based network, a reporter for Rasd media channel was also among those convicted. The journalists were tried in absentia." (06/19/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/19/middleeast/cairo-death-sentence-qatar-spying-case/  

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EgyptAir wreckage found, Egyptian regime says

June 16, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"The Egyptian government says it has found wreckage of EgyptAir Flight 804, which crashed into the Mediterranean Sea last month. Images taken of the wreckage were provided to an Egyptian investigative committee, the Civil Aviation Ministry said Wednesday. Wreckage was found in several places. The ministry did not specify the size or the location of the parts that were found. The Airbus A320, which had 66 people aboard, crashed in the Mediterranean on May 19 on a flight from Paris to Cairo." (06/15/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/15/middleeast/egyptair-wreckage/  

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Egypt: Islamic State claims slaughter of policemen near Cairo

May 9, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"Militants opened fire on a microbus filled with plainclothes police in a Cairo suburb early Sunday, killing eight of them, including an officer, in an attack claimed by a local Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) affiliate. The attack was the deadliest in the heavily policed capital since November, when gunmen attacked a security checkpoint, killing four policemen. That attack was also claimed by the local ISIS affiliate. Egypt's state-run MENA news agency said the policemen were inspecting security in the south Cairo suburb of Helwan early Sunday when four gunmen in a pickup opened fire on them." (05/08/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-claims-slaughter-egyptian-policemen-cairo/  

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Egypt: Hundreds arrested as authorities show “paranoia” over protest

April 26, 2016
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Amnesty International    

"Egypt's security forces arbitrarily arrested hundreds of people ahead of planned protests in Egypt yesterday, said Amnesty International, after large numbers of security forces prevented demonstrators from gathering in Cairo and elsewhere. The Front of Defence for Egyptian Protesters (FDEP) early this morning told Amnesty that they knew of at least 238 people, including foreign nationals, activists and journalists, who were arrested. ... Egypt's Protest Law prohibits protesters from staging demonstrations without the consent of the authorities, and gives security forces sweeping powers to disperse 'unauthorised' demonstrations. In practice, the authorities have facilitated protests by supporters of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, while routinely dispersing demonstrations by his opponents." (04/26/16)

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/egypt-hundreds-arrested-authorities-show-paranoia-over-protest  

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Egyptian, Saudi regimes ink maritime pact

April 12, 2016
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"Egypt has ceded two islands to Saudi Arabia, settling a long-standing maritime dispute but angering the Egyptian opposition. The islands of Tiran and Sanafir have strategic importance. The 80-year-old Saudi monarch addressed the Egyptian parliament on Sunday where he received a tumultuous welcome with repeated applause and standing ovations as he wrapped up a five-day visit announcing investment in Egypt's economy and infrastructure." (04/11/16)

http://www.dw.com/en/egypt-and-saudi-arabia-ink-maritime-pact/a-19177571  

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Cyprus: EgyptAir hijacker arrested after forcing plane to land

March 29, 2016
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Toronto Star [Canada]    

"A Cyprus official says the hijacker of EgyptAir plane has been arrested and the situation is 'over.' Alexandros Zenon, the permanent Secretary of the Foreign Ministry, did not immediately have more details on the arrest, which ended an hours-long drama at the Larnaca airport. ... The hijacker earlier forced the plane to land in Cyprus, where most passengers were eventually allowed to get off, though four crew members and three passengers remained on board with the hijacker. The man's motivation was unclear, but Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades said the hijacking was 'not something that has to do with terrorism' and a Cyprus government official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation, said the man 'seems (to be) in love.'" (03/29/16)

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/03/29/egyptair-hijacker-holds-seven-hostage.html  

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Egypt: Lawmaker hits another with shoe over Israel meeting

February 29, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"An Egyptian lawmaker hit a fellow parliamentarian with his shoe Sunday over the latter's meeting with the Israeli ambassador to Egypt. Sunday's parliament session was adjourned for 10 minutes as the two lawmakers were kicked out, the state-run MENA news agency reported. Tawfiq Okasha, a popular TV talk show host and parliament member, has been engulfed in controversy since Thursday when Israeli ambassador Haim Koren posted a picture on the embassy's Facebook page of the two of them meeting Wednesday evening. ... Following the shoe beating, Okasha spoke with the Parlamany channel saying of [Kamal] Ahmed, 'If he hit me 30 times with a shoe on my head, he is still like my father.'" (02/28/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/egypt-lawmaker-hits-shoe-israel-meeting-37256312  

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Egypt: Court overturns cop’s conviction in killing of protester

February 14, 2016
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Chattanooga Times Free Press    

"Egypt's highest appeals court on Sunday overturned the conviction of a police officer sentenced to 15 years in prison for the killing of a female protester in a January 2015 shooting captured on video and photos. Cassation Court Judge Taha Qassim also ruled that a new trial be held for the officer, Yassin Hatem Salah Eddin, who was convicted and sentenced in June last year for premeditated manslaughter." (02/14/16)

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/national/international/story/2016/feb/14/egypt-policemans-convictioverturned-protester/350140/  

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Egypt: Eight may face jail time for breaking King Tut’s beard

January 24, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"Eight Egyptians involved in a botched repair of the famed golden burial mask of King Tut, which was corrected late last year, have been referred to trial for 'gross negligence.' Prosecutors said in a Sunday statement that the 3,300-year old mask, whose beard was accidentally knocked off and hastily glued on with epoxy in 2014, was scratched and damaged as a result. The mask was put back on display last month after a German-Egyptian team of specialists removed the epoxy and reattached the beard using beeswax, which is often used as an adhesive for antiquities." (01/24/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/eight-egyptians-facing-jail-time-breaking-king-tut-beard/  

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Egypt: Regime investigators say no evidence of terrorism found in Russian plane crash

December 15, 2015
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Time    

"No evidence has been found so far that indicates an act of terrorist brought down a Russian passenger plane in Sinai, Egypt officials said Monday. Egypt's civil aviation ministry said a completed preliminary report of the Oct. 31 crash that killed 224 people found no signs of a criminal act. ... The head of Russia's FSB security service said in November the deadly crash was caused by a homemade explosive device, telling Russian President Vladimir Putin the bombing was a 'terrorist' act, the Associated Press reported at the time. Several air lines have postponed all flights to Sharm al-Sheikh airport until the security improves." (12/14/15)

http://time.com/4147402/egypt-plane-crash-russia/  

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Egypt: Militants kill four at elections judges’ hotel in Sinai

November 24, 2015
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Reuters    

"Islamist militants killed four people in an attack on a hotel in Egypt's North Sinai where election judges were staying, the military and Interior Ministry said on Tuesday. A militant tried to drive a car bomb into the hotel before security forces opened fire on him, causing the car to explode, the military said. A suicide bomber got inside the kitchen and blew himself up while a gunman got into a room before firing randomly and killing a judge, they said. Twelve people were wounded. Two policemen were killed and the military said a civilian was among the dead. It said three militants were killed." (11/24/15)

http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/11/24/egypt-bomb-idINKBN0TD0B920151124  

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Egypt: Military frees detained journalist hours before planned demonstrations

November 10, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"The Egyptian military released a prominent journalist and rights activist on Tuesday after his detention drew widespread protest. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had expressed concern about Hossam Bahgat's apprehension Sunday, which was denounced by local and international human rights organizations. Bahgat's release two days later came hours before demonstrations were scheduled to take place in Cairo, London and other cities. ... Bahgat was interrogated for seven hours Sunday after receiving a summons from Egypt’s military intelligence, according to his lawyers. He later called friends to inform them that he would be taken to the military prosecutor to face charges of spreading false information to undermine national security in an article he wrote last month." (11/10/15)

http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-egypt-journalist-freed-20151110-story.html  

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Egypt: Regime arrests journalist for reporting on military trial

November 9, 2015
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France 24 [French state media]    

"Egypt arrested a prominent journalist and human rights advocate on Sunday after he was questioned by military intelligence over a report he published about a trial of former army officers, security sources said. They said Hossam Bahgat was summoned over charges of publishing false information in his October report about the 26 officers he said had been convicted by a military court of plotting a coup." (11/09/15)

http://www.france24.com/en/20151109-egypt-journalist-arrested-human-rights-military-trial  

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UK: Regime suspends flights to Sinai over concerns bomb may have caused plane crash

November 4, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"The British government said Wednesday that it was suspending flights to and from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula because of increasing concerns that the Russian airliner that crashed over the weekend was brought down by a bomb. Prime Minister David Cameron’s office said British aviation experts are traveling to the Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, where Saturday's flight began, to assess security before British flights there will be allowed to leave, the Associated Press reported." (11/04/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/11/04/metrojet-crash-voice-data-recorders-uk-bomb/75153278/  

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Egypt: Court orders Mubarak sons freed

October 12, 2015
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Seattle Times    

"An Egyptian court has ordered the release of the sons of deposed autocrat Hosni Mubarak after time served on a corruption conviction. The Cairo criminal court ordered Gamal, Mubarak's one-time heir apparent, and his brother Alaa, a wealthy businessman, released on Monday after they were sentenced in May to three years' prison each in a corruption case dubbed the 'presidential palaces' affair by the Egyptian media." (10/12/15)

http://bit.ly/1Mni2RK  

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Egypt: Sisi pardons political prisoners

September 23, 2015
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Reuters    

"Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pardoned 100 prisoners including three Al Jazeera television journalists on Wednesday, a day before he plans to head to the annual United Nations summit of world leaders. Canadian Mohamed Fahmy, Egyptian Baher Mohamed and Australian Peter Greste were sentenced to three years in prison in a retrial last month for operating without a press license and broadcasting material harmful to Egypt. Greste had already been deported in February. ... Also among the released were 16 women, including Yara Sallam, the news agency said. Sallam was arrested last year along with other activists accused of violating the protest law." (09/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oornrgs  

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Egypt: Senior regime police official assassinated in Sinai

September 20, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Egypt's Ministry of Interior says gunmen have killed a senior police officer in the restive Sinai peninsula. The ministry says in a statement that Brig. Gen. Ahmed Mohammed Askar was killed late Saturday .... A claim of responsibility by the IS branch in Egypt, known as Sinai Province of the Islamic State, is circulating on social media accounts of supporters." (09/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oa5gu3h  

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Egypt: Regime forces kill 12 tourists

September 14, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"Egyptian security forces killed 12 people and injured 10 more after firing upon a tourist group they had mistaken for militants, the country's Interior Ministry said. Members of Egypt's military and police were chasing "terrorist elements" in the country's vast Western Desert when they came upon the tourists. Among the victims are people from Mexico and Egypt, the ministry said." (09/14/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/13/middleeast/egypt-tourists-killed/  

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