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Ousted President Morsi spends sixth consecutive Ramadan in prison

A file photo dated July 4, 2013 shows a female supporter of Mohammed Morsi gesturing as she holds a portrait of him in Rabia Adaweya Square a day after the military coup in Cairo, Egypt. ( Mohammed Elshamy - Anadolu Agency )

A file photo dated July 4, 2013 shows a female supporter of Mohammed Morsi gesturing as she holds a portrait of him in Rabia Adaweya Square a day after the military coup in Cairo, Egypt

The family of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, has released a statement pointing out that this is his sixth Ramadan in prison, Al-Khaleej Online has reported.

The first democratically-elected civilian President of Egypt is being held under a state of “siege and uncertainty” about the nature and conditions of his detention. His actual fate is unknown to his family. He has been in prison since his military overthrow in summer 2013.

Morsi’s family issued the statement on Thursday, and made specific mention of the former President’s health situation, as well as that of his son Osama, who is spending his second Ramadan in solitary confinement.

Both men are being held in the notorious Tora Prison to the south of Cairo.

Military coup that ousted Mohamed Morsi in Egypt- Cartoon [Latuff/MiddleEastMonitor]

(Source / 19.05.2018)

Egypt places Morsi and 1,529 others on ‘terror list’

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood in jail in Cairo, Egypt [file photo]

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood in jail in Cairo, Egypt

The Cairo Criminal Court has reordered the names of former President, Mohamed Morsi, and 1,529 other Muslim Brotherhood members to be placed on the state “terror list” for another five years, the official state Gazette reported on Monday.

A legal source who preferred not to be named said the court’s decision is based on a new law issued by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi earlier this month which allows transferring the Muslim Brotherhood funds to the state treasury and not only to freeze them.

According to the source, the court’s decision was issued “in anticipation of a final decision by the Court of Cassation on 4 July, which is expected to cancel the previous sentences to confiscate the defendants’ funds or remove their names from the terror list.”

Read: Egypt court sentences 6 to death over 2013 violence

(Source / 02.05.2018)

Egypt’s Morsi on trial for ‘communicating with Hamas’

ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

Ousted Egyptian President, Mohamed Morsi, in prison

Egypt’s first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi was in court on charges of “communication with Hamas” yesterday.

In a session at the Cairo Criminal Court, headed by Counsellor Mohammed Shirin Fahmi, the prosecution had charged Morsi and a number of others with crimes including communicating with foreign organisations outside the country in order to commit terrorist acts in the country, disclosing defence secrets to a foreign state and those working for its interests, financing terrorism, military training to achieve the purposes of the Muslim Brotherhood, and committing acts that undermine the country’s independence, unity and territorial integrity.

Morsi has been on trial in a number of cases since his ouster in a military coup in 2013. Human rights groups have repeatedly lambasted the Egyptian government for its treatment of the former president and other political prisoners who they say are being held on trumped up charges.

Read: Morsi’s health ‘has deteriorated severely’

(Source / 29.04.2018)

Rights group: Morsi will die if violations against him continue

Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi attends a trial session in Cairo, Egypt on February 26, 2017 [Moustafa El Shemy/Anadolu Agency]

Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi attends a trial session in Cairo, Egypt on 26 February 2017

Ousted Egypt President Mohamed Morsi will die in prison if violations against him continue, a Swiss based human rights group has warned in a new report.

Morsi has been subjected to systemtic violations which amount to crimes against humanity, the Organization for Protection of Human Rights said in a publication entitled “Dr. Mohamed Morsi … I am threatened”.

According to the report, the violations against Morsi include medical negligence which directly threatens his life as well as not allowing him to meet with his relatives or lawyer.

The organisation noted that it has monitored the violations suffered by Morsi since the coup on 3 July 2013.

The report described the charges against him as “political”, adding that it is “as if the main goal is for the man to die in his prison”.

Read: Morsi’s health ‘has deteriorated severely’

(Source / 23.04.2018)

Egypt court: Morsi’s election was fair

A sign reading that Mohamed Morsi is Egypt’s legitimate President during a conference to mark the fourth anniversary of the Rabaa massacre

An Egyptian criminal court yesterday upheld a previous ruling that the 2012 election of Mohamed Morsi was fair, Egyptian news website Ahram Gate reported.

Former presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq filed a complaint alleging that the Egyptian Elections Committee rigged the outcome in Morsi’s favour.

Shafiq complained that some ballots were rigged in certain constituencies, but Judge Ahmed Khafagi told Al-Shorouk newspaper that there were no more than a few hundred questionable ballots and they were excluded from the count.

Morsi was Egypt’s first democratically elected president. After ruling the country for one year he was ousted in a military coup that was led by his defence minister Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. Al-Sisi is now the country’s president who rules with an iron fist. Since taking over power he has quashed people’s right to free speech and expression, banned protests and gatherings, and authorities have on numerous occasion been accused of human rights violations by rights activists.

Read: Egypt police raid website office, arrest editor in chief

(Source / 09.04.2018)

Election Silence in Egypt

People walk by a poster of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for the upcoming presidential election, in Cairo, Egypt, March 1, 2018

Supporters of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi campaigned heavily before entering the stage of electoral silence on Saturday, ahead of a three-day vote that starts Monday.

According to the law, electoral campaigning should stop 48 hours before polls open for voters to choose between Sisi and Ghad Party head Moussa Mostafa Moussa.

Head of the National Election Authority (NEA) counselor Lashin Ibrahim expressed confidence that Egyptians are aware of the importance of participating in the elections, especially amid the huge challenges facing the country and the exerted efforts to support stability.

In remarks to Asharq Al-Awsat, Ibrahim affirmed the integrity of the elections, noting that one of the major guarantors of the electoral process is the fact that NEA’s board of directors is made up of judicial figures, and that the voting process will be held under their supervision.

He added that across Egypt there are 13,687 voting committees, which are monitored by 367 public commissions. The electoral process is supervised by 18,678 judges who are assisted by 103,000 employees.

Ibrahim stressed that NEA is fully prepared for the presidential elections.

Meanwhile, Asharq Al-Awsat monitored some activities carried out by Sisi’s supporters. For example, Yalla Sisi campaign posted on Facebook pictures of its latest event in order to urge a huge turnout.

The campaign also held its concluding conference on Friday, emphasizing that the world is watching and a historic stance is being made.

He said the voters will lay the cornerstone for democracy by benefiting from their constitutional right to choose a president.

(Source / 24.03.2018)

British MPs ask to visit Mohamed Morsi in Egyptian prison

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. ( Moustafa El Shemy - Anadolu Agency )

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

A cross-party group of senior British MPs has petitioned the Egyptian government to allow access to the jailed former president Mohamed Morsi, amid reports that his health has seriously deteriorated, says The Guardian.

Morsi is being held in isolation in Tora prison and his family have been allowed to visit him only twice since he was imprisoned after a military coup in 2013.

Morsi won the presidency in elections brought about by a popular uprising against the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak, and had been in office for only a year when he was arrested. He was convicted of a series of offences including endangering national security by leaking documents to Qatar and inciting violence by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Military coup that ousted Mohamed Morsi in Egypt- Cartoon [Latuff/MiddleEastMonitor]

There have been reports he has been denied access to adequate medical treatment while in jail. The application to visit has been sent to the Egyptian ambassador in the UK and follows a request to British MPs from members of Morsi’s family.

Read: Egypt postpones Morsi’s trial

The MPs and international lawyers seeking access include the former chair of the foreign affairs select committee Sir Crispin Blunt. Other UK figures seeking to form a detention review panel include Lord Faulks, a former justice minister, and Paul Williams, a Labour member of the health select committee and a former GP. Tim Moloney QC would act as the legal adviser to the group.

Blunt said: “There are credible concerns that the conditions under which Dr Morsi is being held might fall significantly short of both international and Egypt’s own standards. We make this request to the Egyptian authorities seeking to see and assess for ourselves the conditions in which Dr Morsi is being detained.

“No person should be confined in inhumane conditions, and the implications of former national leaders who once commanded a popular mandate not being treated fairly could have an impact well beyond the proper concerns for any individual.”

Read: Morsi’s life at risk due to medical negligence

Abdullah Morsi, the former president’s 24-year old son, said: “This month, as Egyptians will be asked to vote for their next president, my father – Egypt’s first democratically elected president – remains imprisoned in appalling conditions, in breach of international laws.

“We believe he has not received any adequate treatment for his diabetes or blood pressure. Because he has not received any proper treatment for his diabetes, he has now lost most of his left eye’s sight and would need urgent surgery. But his request for urgent medical treatment during a trial session was refused. Regardless of any person’s opinion of my father or his beliefs, this is unacceptable for anyone.”

Read: Egypt reduces Morsi’s son’s prison term

Morsi’s lawyers and family say he told them in June last year that he had experienced two diabetic comas and was not receiving proper treatment in prison. He asked to be moved to a private hospital at his own expense.

The Egyptian authorities insist he is receiving proper treatment. The Egyptian government would need to give MPs visas to travel to Egypt and grant permission to visit him in jail.

(Source / 06.03.2018)

Egypt closes Rafah Crossing after 3-day opening

Gazans wait for a bus, which will transport them to Egypt, after Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah border gate on 8 February 2018 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

Gazans wait for a bus, which will transport them to Egypt, after Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah border gate on 8 February 2018

The Director of the Rafah Crossing said yesterday that the Egyptian authorities had told his officials that the border was going to be closed after being open for three days, Al-Jazeera Arabic TV Channel has reported. Rashid Al-Buji cited security developments in the Sinai Peninsula as the reason for the closure.

The crossing was opened suddenly by the Egyptians on Wednesday after a 40-day closure. Fewer than 1,000 Palestinians out of a total of 30,000 registered to travel for urgent purposes were able to leave the besieged enclave during the opening period.

On Friday morning, the Egyptian military announced the start of a wide-scale military operation in the north of Sinai in the hunt for “terrorists”. Reports claim that Egyptians living in the region have been fleeing their homes since the Egyptian forces started to prepare for the campaign.

(Source / 10.02.2018)

Egypt: Politicians Call for Boycott of Presidential Elections

People walk by a poster of Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi from the campaign titled “Alashan Tabneeha” (So You Can Build It) for the upcoming presidential election in Cairo, Egypt, January 22, 2018

Egypt’s National Electoral Authority announced on Tuesday the preliminary list of candidates for the presidential elections scheduled for the end of March, including current president Abdul Fattah el-Sisi and the head of Ghad Party Musa Mustafa Musa.

Meanwhile, seven political parties and a number of figures including the presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi called to boycott the presidential elections because of what he considered as “a lack of guarantees of competition.”

In return, Sisi campaign denied that it was responsible for the lack of candidates and their withdrawal from the race.

During a press conference, Civilian Democratic Movement, a coalition of several movements and parties, announced they will not vote during the elections and called on voters to stay away from ballot boxes and on Egyptians not to recognize the vote’s outcome.

The parties came up with the slogan “stay home” for the boycotting campaign.

Sabahi called on other pro-democracy groups to join the coalition: “Come and let us stand together. This is a moment when the people will make their say known and, God willing, the say of the people will prevail.”

Seven parties participated in the announcement of the boycott: Reform and Development, Popular Alliance Party, al-Dastour Party, Justice Party, Egyptian Social Democratic Party, al-Karama Movement, and Freedom Egypt Party.

This is not the first call to boycott the presidential elections. Former presidential candidate Abdul Moneim Aboul-Fotouh, former MP Anwar Sadat, and team members of former presidential candidate Sami Anan: Hisham Geneina and Hazem Hosni called for canceling the elections that have lost all credibility.

In a joint statement, the signatories called for boycotting the elections expressing their concern of a possible change of the constitution by opening presidential terms and eliminating any opportunity for a peaceful rotation of power.

“We urge our glorious people to boycott the vote and not to recognize whatever result it would produce,” said the statement.

Legal adviser and spokesperson for the electoral campaign of Sisi, Mohammed Abu Shoka, said Monday that his candidate should not be asked about the lack of other candidates in the upcoming election.

Speaking at a press conference, Abu Shoka indicated that Sisi is not responsible for politicians’ “reluctance to engage in political life, the blame should be directed towards those who did not succeed [in meeting candidacy requirements].”

Abu Shoka indicated that Sisi’s campaign submitted 173,000 endorsement forms from citizens to the National Electoral Authority, although more than 900,000 forms were received by the campaign.

Several politicians had announced their intentions presidential election, but withdrew later, including: former prime minister of Egypt, Ahmed Shafiq, former MP Anwar Sadat, lawyer Khalid Ali, and head of Wafd Party al-Sayyid Badawi, whose party refused his candidacy and announced its support to Sisi.

In addition, Former Chief of Staff Sami Annan removed his name from the database of voters after he was accused by the “armed forces” of forging the required documents and “inciting against the Egyptian army with the aim of driving a wedge between the armed forces and the Egyptian people.”

The Egyptian Trade Union Federation (ETUF) organised an indoor rally on Tuesday for its members to back Sisi in the upcoming presidential elections in March.

The NEA announced on Monday the end of the ten-day deadline set for receiving presidential election applications.

The Authority had received applications from Sisi and Mostafa Musa, the leader of al-Ghad Party, to run for the coming presidential elections due to be held in March.

The NEA said it will examine the papers presented from the would-be candidates ahead of announcing the candidacy list on Wednesday.

Spokesman of the Authority Advisor Mahmoud El-Sherif, announced that 48 local organizations, 9 international organizations, National Human Rights Council, National Council for Women and the National Council for Disability have all been approved to monitor the upcoming elections.

Spokesman for the Presidency Bassam Radhi stated that President Sisi held a meeting with the Prime Minister Sharif Ismail and a number of minister. During the meeting, the officials reviewed the government’s efforts to provide basic food commodities in the markets with appropriate quantities and prices, and the procedures for monitoring the markets.

The spokesman added that the steps were taken to activate the National Academy for Training and Rehabilitation of Youth and activate its training programs aimed at achieving the human development requirements of the youth in all sectors and upgrading their abilities and skills to achieve comprehensive human, economic and social development.

(Source / 31.01.2018)

Report: Sisi regime killed 571 Egyptians in 2017

Egyptians security forces fire tear gas at Egyptians [file photo]

Egyptian Coordination of Rights and Freedoms (ECRF) revealed that the Egyptian regime killed 571 Egyptians from the opposition in 2017, including 511 killed at the hands of the Egyptians security forces, Rassd.com said on Sunday.

In its annual report, the ECRF said that the Al-Sisi regime executed 15 Egyptians in December and 51 others died due to medical negligence, including four in April alone.

The report noted that 88 Egyptian police and army officers were killed, as well as 15 Christians and 532 Muslim worshipers, who were killed in Al-Rawda Mosque in Sinai.

Meanwhile, the report noted 602 cases of enforced disappearance, including 160 cases in which the ECRF could not find any information about them.

Among those disappeared were 17 secondary school students, one prep school student and three university professors.

Read: ‘Egypt’s January 25 rebels were united by the great revolution but later divided by conspiracies’

The report also added that 25 university professors were sacked and five others were arrested. In addition, it reported that 27 journalists were arrested and 28 others blacklisted, and 465 websites were blocked.

The report also said that 52 women were arrested, 16 of whom were sentenced and 36 of whom are in remand detention. In addition, it reported 125 women were disappeared, noting that the number of women who had been forcefully disappeared since 2013 rose to 148.

It also recorded 65 violations against children, including forced disappearance.

(Source / 22.01.2018)