ERC makes international demand for release of Egypt’s ill Morsi

Egyptians gather to protest their support for Mohammed Morsi on 15 February 2016 [file photo] The ousted President of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi, who is struggling from ill health and languishing in an Egyptian prison, should be immediately released from detention, said the head of an Egyptian political and civil rights organisation. In an open letter address to heads of states around the world and to human rights organisations, Dr Maha Azzam, of the Egyptian Revolutionary Council (ERC) UK, said the ousted president is being held in conditions that breach international human rights laws and United Nations conventions. The letter comes … Continue reading ERC makes international demand for release of Egypt’s ill Morsi

Egyptian court to rule on Morsi’s death sentence appeal

Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi attends a trial session over the Wadi el-Natrun prison case at Cairo Police Academy in Egypt on 26 February, 2017 The Court of Cassation in Egypt is to rule on the appeal against the second death sentence given to former President Mohammed Morsi, Moheet.com has reported. The decision is expected on Saturday. Morsi was the first democratically-elected president in Egypt. He was ousted and his supporters were violently suppressed by a military coup in 2013 after just one year in office. The former president has been sentenced to death in two trials. The first saw … Continue reading Egyptian court to rule on Morsi’s death sentence appeal

Egypt blocks financial newspaper website, widening media blackout

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in Cairo, Egypt on April 20, 2017 Egypt has blocked the website of one of its most prominent financial newspapers, the paper’s owner said on Sunday, expanding a media blackout initiated last week to curb what authorities called support for terrorism and fake news. Egypt blocked access to a number of news websites including Al-Jazeera and Huffington Post Arabic on Wednesday after similar actions by its Gulf allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The censorship of Al-Borsa, a widely read financial newspaper that generally steers clear of politics and reflects the views of … Continue reading Egypt blocks financial newspaper website, widening media blackout

Can a consensus candidate be found to challenge Egypt’s Sisi?

Former presidential candidate and leftist Hamdeen Sabahi is pictured during a protest against restrictions on the press, Cairo, Egypt, May 4, 2016 CAIRO — Hamdeen Sabahi, a former presidential candidate, has called on political and partisan forces to establish what he called a “united national front” to select a candidate for presidential elections scheduled for May 2018. In a May 5 speech at a gathering to announce the launch of the Karama Movement — the unification of the Karama Party and the Egyptian Popular Current, which he founded — Sabahi said that the front must include national and partisan leaders and serve as a “revolution organizer.” Sabahi severely criticized President … Continue reading Can a consensus candidate be found to challenge Egypt’s Sisi?

Why Egyptians lost interest in Mubarak’s case

Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak looks toward his supporters outside the building where he is hospitalized at Maadi military hospital on the outskirts of Cairo, Oct. 6, 2016 The Egyptian Court of Cassation issued a ruling March 2 acquitting ousted President Hosni Mubarak of the killing of protesters during the outbreak of the January 25 Revolution in 2011. On March 13, an Egyptian prosecutor issued a decision to release Mubarak for the first time since his ousting six years ago. This raised speculation about whether Mubarak, 88, intends to return to the political scene and how the regime of current Egyptian … Continue reading Why Egyptians lost interest in Mubarak’s case

Morsi’s son being beaten in prison

Image of Osama Morsi Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s son Osama is being abused in the notorious Scorpion prison, statement released by his family said yesterday.  A security source dismissed the family’s accusations as “false”. The family attributed Osama’s arrest on 8 December to a statement he had published a few days earlier outlining the limitation on family visits to see his father. He had called on the United Nations and other international organisations to intervene to allow the family to see the deposed president. Scorpion prison A Human Rights Watch report claims inmates are kept in cells without beds, visits … Continue reading Morsi’s son being beaten in prison

BREAKING: Egypt clears Mubarak of charges of killing protesters in 2011 uprising

Hosni Mubarak, Former President of Egypt Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has today been cleared of charges of killing protesters in the 2011 uprising that lead to his removal from power. After an all-day hearing, Judge Ahmed Abdel Qawi announced: “The court has found the defendant innocent.” The court also rejected demands by lawyers of the victims to reopen civil suits, leaving no remaining option for appeal or retrial. The verdict could lead to Mubarak being freed. A report commission by Mubarak’s predecessor Mohamed Morsi said at least 846 protesters were killed during the uprising in early 2011, but Egypt’s … Continue reading BREAKING: Egypt clears Mubarak of charges of killing protesters in 2011 uprising