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Egypt has Abandoned Palestine

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (Thibault Camus/AFP)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Egypt sentences ex-President Morsi, 19 others to 3 years in jail for insulting judiciary

A file photo dated January 24, 2016 shows Egyptians holding portraits of deposed President Mohammed Morsi, who was overthrown in a military coup lead by Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi, now President, next to Consulate General of Egypt in Bebek district of Istanbul, Turkey. ( Mohammed Elshamy - Anadolu Agency )

A file photo dated January 24, 2016 shows Egyptians holding portraits of deposed President Mohammed Morsi, who was overthrown in a military coup lead by Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi, now President, next to Consulate General of Egypt in Bebek district of Istanbul, Turkey

A Cairo criminal court sentenced former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and 19 others to three years in prison on Saturday, and fined him 2 million Egyptian pounds ($112,700) on charges of insulting the judiciary.

Others tried by the court in the same case including leading Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah and lawmaker and television presenter Tawfik Okasha were instead given fines ranging from 30,000 to 1 million Egyptian pounds.

The verdicts can still be appealed.

Opinion: The danger posed to life of President Morsi

Morsi, democratically elected after Egypt’s 2011 revolution, was overthrown in mid-2013 by then-general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, now the president, through a military coup.

He was immediately arrested and is now serving a 20-year sentence after being convicted of inciting the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012 and a 25-year sentence for spying for Qatar.

(Source / 31.12.2017)

Egypt allows routine medical check for Morsi at his expense

Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi, wearing an orange uniform while in prison on 18th August 2016 [Anadolu Agency/Facebook]

Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi, wearing an orange uniform while in prison on 18th August 2016

An Egyptian court yesterday allowed a comprehensive medical examination of former President Mohamed Morsi at his own expense.

The medical check-up results will be presented to the court at its next hearing on 3 December.

During a session of his trial in Cairo, Morsi asked the court to allow him to have a comprehensive medical examination at a private hospital at his own expense, where adequate equipment will be available for specialist tests.

“If this is not possible, I ask that the examination be conducted in a government hospital with the necessary means for these medical examinations,” he said, noting to the deterioration of his health, especially after he was diagnosed with diabetes.

Morsi is being tried on several charges including espionage and insulting the judiciary.

Read: Morsi tells lawyer of threats to his life

(Source / 20.11.2017)

Abbas meets with Sisi to discuss reconciliation

Abbas and Sisi

The Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, on Monday met with the Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, to discuss the Palestinian reconciliation before heading to Saudi Arabia to meet King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

According to a statement issued by the Egyptian presidency, Abbas and Sisi discussed the latest developments in the Palestinian issue as well as ways of reviving the peace process in the region.

During the meeting held on the sideline of the second day of the World Youth Forum launched in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, Sisi stressed the importance of continuing efforts to completely end the Palestinian division and achieve reconciliation.

He said that his country will work to resume negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides to reach a just and comprehensive solution that guarantees the Palestinians’ right to establish their independent state.

For his part, Abbas affirmed that the Palestinian Authority is determined to make its utmost effort to unite the Palestinian people, the same statement noted.

Abbas’s visit to Egypt is the first since the Egyptian-sponsored reconciliation deal was signed on 12th October between Hamas and Fatah movements.

The Palestinian factions are expected to meet in Cairo on 21st November to discuss mechanisms for the implementation of the agreement.

Wafa news agency reported that Abbas headed to Saudi Arabia following the meeting to meet with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

(Source / 06.11.2017)

Egypt: Osama Morsi jailed for 3 years

Osama Mohamed Morsi, the son of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is seen during the trial over the breaking up the Rabaa Al-Adawiyyah protests, at the police academy in Cairo, Egypt on December 10, 2016 [Moustafa Elshemy / Anadolu Agency]

Osama Mohamed Morsi, the son of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is seen during the trial over the breaking up the Rabaa Al-Adawiyyah protests, at the police academy in Cairo, Egypt on December 10, 2016

A court in Egypt has sentenced ousted President Mohamed Morsi’s son to three years in prison over accusations that he allegedly possessed weapons at the time of his arrest in 2016.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s lawyer Abdel-Moneim Abdel-Maqsoud told journalists that the ruling against Osama Morsi is not final and that he will appeal it.

No evidence was submitted to support the charges except for the alleged eyewitness accounts of the police offers who arrested him at his home 10 months ago, Abdel-Maqsoud added.

Osama was arrested on 16 December on charges of violence related to the dispersal of the Rabaa protest sit-in, which was set up in 2013 after Morsi was ousted in a military coup by current President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.

Read: Morsi’s son being beaten in prison

After Osama’s arrest, prosecutors referred him to trial on the charge of possessing weapons.

Activists in the Muslim Brotherhood group believe that the ruling is politically motivated and that the lawsuit comes in the context of a wave of politicised rulings against the former president’s family as well as his supporters.

(Source  / 27.10.2017)

Brotherhood leader demands Sisi regime be prosecuted

Essam El-Erian, senior leader in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood [File photo]

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 order for them to meet with him and file lawsuits in international courts.

The defendant, who was in court for a session in the case on the Rabaa Al-Adawiya sit-in dispersal, explained that his family is banned from visiting him and are treated badly by security officials and prison guards.

Meanwhile, attorney Essam Sultan announced during the court hearing that he will go on hunger strike until a UN committee visits him and discusses the authority’s failure to investigate his arrest and torture on 28 July 2013.

The court postponed the session until next Tuesday.

Read: Brotherhood prisoners refuse to meet government-appointed delegation

(Source / 18.10.2017)

Egypt arrests well-known singer in restaurant

Egyptian singer Rami Sabry [Youtube]

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)

Egypt extends state of emergency for 3 months

Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi [File photo]

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 courts return in Egypt

Egypt first imposed the state of emergency in April after two church bombings, which Daesh claimed responsibility for, killed at least 45 people. It was then extended in July for a further three months.

The state of emergency allows authorities to carry out additional security measures, including the referral of terrorism suspects to state security courts, the imposition of curfews and strict control over newspapers.

(Source / 13.10.2017)

Palestine Scholars mourn Akef, hail his support for Palestine

Mohammed Makdi Akef

Palestine Scholars Association mourned Mohammed Mahdi Akef, a former supreme guide of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, who died in a Cairo hospital on Friday at the age of 89.

In a statement on Saturday, the Association said “Akef is a great figure and represents a symbol for patience and steadfastness as well as a model for new generations especially when it comes to his support for Jerusalem, al-Aqsa, Palestine and resistance”.

For their part, the Palestinian resistance factions hailed the role of Akef in confronting some projects aimed at destroying the unity and properties of the Arab and Muslim nation.

The factions described, in a statement on Saturday, Akef as one of the great symbols and key figures of the nation who spent his life defending the Palestinian Question and confronting tyranny and oppression.

Ten months before his death, Akef had been transferred from jail to the hospital in Cairo after deterioration of his health, Brotherhood lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsud said. Akef would be buried on Saturday evening, he added.

Akef, who was born in 1928, headed the Brotherhood from 2004 until 2010. He had been arrested and jailed in 2013 after the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and jailed his supporters and fellow Brotherhood members.

Akef was accused with a raft of “criminal” charges following the 2013 coup against Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically-elected president and a leading Muslim Brotherhood member.

(Source / 23.09.2017)

Projectile from Egypt lands in Palestinian Rafah area

Gaza border

A Palestinian security official said on Saturday that a mortar shell fired by mistake from the Egyptian territory landed and exploded in a Palestinian border area of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip.

The official told Anadolu news agency, on condition of anonymity, that the mortar projectile fell into an open area in the center of Rafah, causing a strong explosion, but luckily no one was injured.

He also reported hearing sporadic sounds of violent explosions coming from the Egyptian side of Rafah and seeing columns of smoke rising from there.

For about two and a half years, the Egyptian army has been carrying out security campaigns against armed groups in the Sinai.

(Source / 17.09.2017)