Egypt

Merkel to meet Egyptian president amid rights criticism

German Chancellor Angela Merkel still plans to meet Egypt’s president when he visits next month, her spokesman said Wednesday, after Germany’s parliament speaker called off his talks citing rights violations. The parliament speaker, Norbert Lammert, said on Tuesday that he had written to the Egyptian ambassador in Berlin cancelling his meeting with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi due to human rights ...

Egypt resumes trial of ABM defendants, without executed six

An Egyptian civilian court on Tuesday resumed the trial of 213 alleged members of the Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis (ABM) militant group, in the absence of six of the defendants, executed two days earlier in a different case. During Tuesday’s session, the judge received a note from the prison authorities, officially informing the court of the execution. Tuesday’s case is related ...

Egypt’s justice ministry rejects foreign comments on Morsi death sentence

Egyptian justice ministry strongly rejects foreign comments concerning the court verdict issued for ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and 105 others Egypt’s justice ministry strongly rejected comments made by foreign governments that criticised the court decision to sentence ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and 105 other defendants to death, a statement released by the ministry read on Tuesday. “The ministry ...

Egypt’s former leader Morsy given death sentence in jailbreak case

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy was sentenced Saturday by a Cairo court to death — the latest judicial setback for the ousted leader. He was convicted in a 2011 prison break. Morsy’s name, along with those of more than 100 other defendants, will be passed to the Grand Mufti, the highest legal authority in Egypt, who will have the final ...

Egypt executes six men convicted of killing soldiers despite ‘grossly unfair’ trial

Egypt has executed six men convicted of carrying out an attack on a checkpoint in the Sinai that killed several soldiers, despite evidence at least three of the accused were already in detention at the time of the assault. Human rights groups called for a retrial for the six men after the death sentence was upheld on March 24, describing ...

Egypt media criticism of Sisi raises questions on allies’ support

Newspapers which once showered Sisi with praise have started complaining about man whose grand ambitions span the eradication of militant Islam, and the turning of Egypt into an economic powerhouse. CAIRO – Unprecedented media criticism of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi suggests he may no longer enjoy unquestioning support from the diverse groups that helped him to stage an army ...

Al-Jazeera English journalist in Egypt sues the television network

Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohammed Fahmy, who remains in Egypt on bail while awaiting trial on terror charges, says he has filed a lawsuit in Canada against the television network. He was jailed in December 2013 with two Al-Jazeera English colleagues, including Australian journalist Peter Greste, who was released and deported from Egypt in February. At a press conference Fahmy, who ...

Egyptians should stand behind their president, says Hosni Mubarak

In a rare talk, Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak said on Sunday that there are “fateful decisions” that need to be taken by current president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and that Egyptians should stand behind him. Mubarak, who was ousted on 11 Feburary 2011 following an 18-day uprising, spoke briefly on the phone with TV host Ahmed Moussa on Sada El-Balad private ...

Underground metro goes off rail, crashes in wall in Egypt

An underground train came off the rails on Sunday and crashed into a wall, seriously injuring the driver. The metro line, which links El-Ataba square near downtown Cairo to the upscale district of Heliopolis, had no passengers at the time of the crash, the company running the metro said. The train was coming out of maintenance on a branch line ...

Can Egypt tackle its terrorism problem?

The Egyptian government led by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi seems to be unable to deal with the growing, non-stop Islamist insurgency on its territory. Almost every day there are reports of army operations against Sinai-based terrorists and/or terrorist attacks against security personnel, government structures or civilian targets. On Tuesday, assailants shot and killed a policeman and wounded two others in Qalyubia ...

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