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

Former allies of Sisi call for him to step down

Image of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi Allies of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi are now reportedly calling for his replacement in next year’s elections signalling a shaky future for the former military commander. Although Al-Sisi has not officially declared he will be running in elections in June next year, only two people have publically challenged his seat so far with the widely held belief that Al-Sisi is still likely to win given his heavy crackdown on opponents. However in recent months, several of his former staunch allies have come out in criticism of the leader who came to power … Continue reading Former allies of Sisi call for him to step down

Remembering Egypt’s bloody military coup

Egyptians gather to protest their support for Mohammed Morsi on 15 February 2016 Four years ago today the Egyptian army overthrew the country’s first democratically elected leader, Mohammed Morsi. In the aftermath of the coup Egypt’s armed forces suspended the constitution and appointed the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, as interim head of state. Morsi and his presidential team were detained in an unknown location and later stood trial. What: Military coup When: 3 July 2013 Where: Egypt What happened? In January 2013, then army Chief Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi warned that the political crisis in the country might lead to … Continue reading Remembering Egypt’s bloody military coup

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