Brotherhood leader demands Sisi regime be prosecuted

Essam El-Erian, senior leader in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood A senior leader in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Essam El-Erian, who has been imprisoned by the Egyptian authorities, yesterday asked the court to allow him to meet with international lawyers to file lawsuits against the government regarding human rights violations in prisons. El-Erian said he wished to meet with lawyers Ramsey Clark from the US, Mustafa Al-Ramid and Khaled El-Sufayani from Morocco, Ali Abu El-Sukkar from Jordan, Asaad Harmoush from Lebanon and Mubarak El-Mutawaa from Kuwait. He requested the men be allowed entry to Egypt and not be stopped at the airport in … Continue reading Brotherhood leader demands Sisi regime be prosecuted

Egypt arrests well-known singer in restaurant

Egyptian security services arrested a well-known singer on Friday morning while he was eating in a Cairo restaurant, local websites have reported. Rami Sabry was picked up following the issue of an arrest warrant. Although Sabry’s family did not comment on his arrest, according to Al-Arab he was taken away after trying to avoid military conscription. Masrawi news website said that the singer was handed over to the military for him to start his compulsory service in the armed forces. (Source / 14.10.2017) Continue reading Egypt arrests well-known singer in restaurant

Egypt extends state of emergency for 3 months

Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi extended yesterday Egypt’s countrywide state of emergency for an additional three months. The renewed three-month state of emergency will start today, according to a presidential decree. “The state of emergency will be applied across the country, effective as of 1:00 am on Friday, for an additional three months, due to ongoing security concerns,” the presidential decree read. “The armed forces and the police will take the necessary measures to confront the dangers of terrorism,” the decree added. The Egyptian parliament is yet to approve the presidential resolution. Read more: Notorious emergency … Continue reading Egypt extends state of emergency for 3 months

Egypt court sentences Morsi to 25 years in Qatar spy case

Morsi was overthrown in mid-2013 by then-general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, now the president of Egypt Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi during a court appearance with Muslim Brotherhood members on the outskirts of Cairo An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced ousted president Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood to 25 years in prison in a final ruling over a case accusing him of spying for Qatar, judicial sources said. Morsi, democratically elected after Egypt’s 2011 revolution, was overthrown in mid-2013 by then-general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, now the president, following mass protests against his rule. He was immediately arrested. Egypt’s Court of … Continue reading Egypt court sentences Morsi to 25 years in Qatar spy case

Egypt’s court media ban limits public access to trials

  CAIRO — Egypt’s Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) decision No. 1308 published on Aug. 14 to ban media coverage of all trials via audiovisual devices has stirred much controversy in human rights, media and judicial circles. Some see it as a means to prevent citizens from knowing what is happening in trials and a major restriction of freedom against journalists covering Egypt’s judicial issues. In the first implementation of this decision, just one day after its issuance, the head of the Criminal Court of Cairo, Judge Hassan Farid, banned photojournalists from attending the hearing of 20 defendants in case No. 239 of 2015. They are accused of joining a … Continue reading Egypt’s court media ban limits public access to trials

Asmaa Beltagy’s mother: My daughter sacrificed her life for Egypt’s victory, dignity and prosperity

Asmaa Beltagy, the 17-year old ‘Baby of Rabaa’, killed on August 14, 2013 by Egyptian snipers Asmaa Beltagy, a 17-year old Egyptian, was standing among protesters in a sit-in staged in support of former President Mohamed Morsi when shots from a sniper rifle ended her life on August 14, 2013. That day Egyptian security forces violently dispersed the sit-in in eastern Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya square, killing nearly 2,600 protestors, according to figures by the Muslim Brotherhood group.  Egyptian authorities, however, say only 623 people were killed in the dispersal, including a number of security personnel. The dispersal came a few weeks after … Continue reading Asmaa Beltagy’s mother: My daughter sacrificed her life for Egypt’s victory, dignity and prosperity

Morsi challenges validity of his trial in Cairo

Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi and 21 other defendants attend a court session behind a cage at the Cairo Police Academy in Cairo, Egypt on August 06, 2017 Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi, the first to be democratically-elected, reiterated on Sunday that his trial in the ordinary courts has no legal validity, because he is still president and, as such, should be held accountable according to the constitution. Morsi was ousted by a military coup in 2013 by his then Defence Minister, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. He made his comments in the Cairo Criminal Court, where his first retrial hearings are … Continue reading Morsi challenges validity of his trial in Cairo