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Egypt Media Roundup (January 23)

[People chant after the ruling against the Egypt-Saudi border demarcation agreement on Monday, 16 January, 2017. Photo from Aswat Masriya.] [People chant after the ruling against the Egypt-Saudi border demarcation agreement on Monday, 16 January, 2017. Photo from Aswat Masriya.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Egypt and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Egypt Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to by Sunday night of every week.] 

Political Rights

Federation of Arab Journalists urges Egypt to release Al Jazeera producer The Federation of Arab Journalists has urged Egyptian authorities to release detained Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein, in a statement on Saturday.

Police hold Strong Egypt Party Alexandria leader and labor activist in undisclosed location Police arrested Strong Egypt Party Alexandria coordinator Hossam al-Naggar and are holding him in an undisclosed location after storming his house on Friday evening without a permit, the political party said in a statement released on Saturday.

304 Egyptians referred to military prosecution in Hassm case The State Security Prosecution referred 304 Egyptians to the military prosecution on Wednesday, charged with belonging to Islamist militant group Hassm.

Egyptian prosecution blames Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas for establishing Hasam movement The Supreme State Security Prosecution held on Thursday the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group and the Palestinian Islamic Resistance movement Hamas accountable for establishing and training the recently-emerged movement calling itself “Hasam.”

Egyptian football star Abu Treika added to terror list One of Egypt’s most celebrated football stars, Mohamed Abu Treika, has been added to a government terror list for alleged links to the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, according to his lawyer.

Military court sentences Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide to 10 years in jail Military court sentenced on Wednesday Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badie to ten years in prison for "involvement in violent clashes" in North Sinai.

Former MB supreme guide to receive medical care following campaign by rights activists Former Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide, eighty-eight-year-old Mahdi Akef, was relocated from the prisoners’ ward of Qasr al-Aini Hospital to a medium-care unit on Monday, following a meeting between an all-female group of rights activists and physicians and Mohamed Fayeq, chief of the state-appointed National Council for Human Rights on Sunday.

Egypt arrests Muslim Brotherhood member for trading foreign currency on black market Egypt's interior ministry said on Friday that a Muslim Brotherhood member in Alexandria was arrested for trading foreign currency on the parallel market despite a central bank's decision to suspend his foreign exchange company for a year.

Update: April 6 activist Mohamed Adel released from police custody April 6 Youth Movement co-founder Mohamed Adel has been released from a police station in his hometown in the Daqahlia Governorate after completing a three-year prison sentence for unlawful protest.

Obituary: In memory of prominent labor activist Seoud Omar The funeral service for Seoud Omar, a prominent Egyptian labor activist and an organizer in the Suez independent trade union movement who died in a traffic accident on 13 January, was held in Suez City on Saturday.

Unprecedented civil action in Arish after security forces announce killing of 10 local youths An unprecedented meeting took place in Arish on Saturday involving many of the city’s families and youth who threatened civil disobedience following the issuance of a statement by the Interior Ministry on Friday, announcing the killing of ten young men from the area.

Final court ruling declares Egyptian sovereignty over Tiran and Sanafir islands Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court issued a final ruling on Monday confirming Egypt’s sovereignty over the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir, stating that the Egyptian government has not provided adequate evidence supporting Saudi Arabia’s claim to the land. 

Presidency, parliament refuse to comment on Tiran, Sanafir ruling A presidential source refused on Monday to comment on the court verdict that voided a deal to transfer two Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia.

Reactions to court ruling voiding transfer of Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia Following Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court ruling that confirmed that two Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir fall under Egyptian sovereignty, a number of politicians and activists expressed their reactions of the ruling. 

Will the Tiran and Sanafir dispute reach international courts? After the Supreme Administrative Court’s decision on Monday affirming Egypt’s sovereignty over the two Red Sea islands Tiran and Sanafir, many have speculated that the Saudi Arabian government will resort to The International Court of Justice to claim its ownership of the two islands.

Tiran and Sanafir islands deal: A timeline The following is a timeline of events related to the maritime border demarcation between Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Twelve 'Tiran and Sanafir' protesters released on bail A Cairo court judge decided Wednesday to release twelve individuals who were arrested for protesting earlier this month at the press syndicate against the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

Parliament legislative committee passes new amendment on protest law Parliament's legislative committee passed amendment on the protest law in its meeting on Tuesday.

Minister: Parliament has not sent NGO law to presidency for approval Parliament has not sent the NGO law to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for final approval yet, according to Minister of Parliamentary and Legal Affairs Magdy al-Agaty.

Parliament raises income tax exemption limit Egypt’s Parliament unanimously approved a proposal to raise the income tax exemption limit from 13,500 LE to 24,000 LE submitted by Member of Parliament and businessman Mohamed al-Sewedy.

Egypt prosecution orders detention of finance minister's adviser in bribery case Egypt’s prosecution has ordered on Sunday the detention of a finance minister's adviser and two others for four days pending investigations on bribery charges.

Egypt's Sisi says cabinet reshuffle "very soon" Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will reshuffle his cabinet soon, he told state newspapers in an interview published on Tuesday.

Egypt’s PM says nominations for ministers to be submitted to parliament by end of Jan - MENA Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said on Thursday that nominations for ministers in the cabinet reshuffle will be submitted to parliament by end of January to be approved. 


IMF releases staff agreement on Egypt loan, mission chief commends economic program’s progress The IMF mission chief for Egypt Chris Jarvis has commended the country’s performance on its economic program following the twelve billion USD loan it approved last November, saying it is likely to receive the second tranche of the loan by late April.

Foreign Relations

Russian Consulate inaugurated in Hurghada following security delegation visit A Russian Consulate was inaugurated in Hurghada on Sunday, coinciding with the Red Sea Governorate National Day celebrations.

Italian Parliament to host Giulio Regeni memorial scholarship campaign event Italy’s Parliament has announced it will host an event for the campaign working to establish a scholarship fund in the name of slain researcher Giulio Regeni, which would allow an Egyptian student to study at the United World College of the Adriatic to obtain the two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Israel raises height of border fence with Egypt by 3 meters Israel’s Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday that it raised the height of the border fence with Egypt by a further three meters.

Egypt prolongs participation in Yemen conflict Egypt's National Defense Council agreed to extend its military's participation in the Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen, the presidency said in a statement on Sunday.

Khalifa Haftar welcomes bilateral cooperation with Egypt Libyan army general Khalifa Haftar said he welcomes any national meetings in Libya sponsored by Egypt, according to a statement by the armed forces on Friday.

Domestic Security

8 policemen killed, at least 3 injured in armed attack on Western Desert checkpoint Unidentified assailants killed eight policemen and injured at least three others in an armed attack on the Naqab checkpoint in Wadi al-Gadid on Monday evening.

Officer, conscript injured by anonymous gunmen - agency Deputy police investigations officer and a conscript were injured in an attack by anonymous gunmen on Saturday in North Sinai.

Eight people killed in their home by shell in Egypt's Rafah Eight people were killed on Saturday after a shell landed on a house in southern Rafah, in North Sinai, eye witnesses and medical sources said.

From Jadaliyya Egypt

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مسؤول بلجنة العفو الرئاسي: سلمنا الرئاسة قائمة ثانية لبعض المحتجزين  The Detained Youth Committee submitted a second list of names to the presidency for pardoning, according to MP Tarek al-Khouly.

إسماعيل: ترشيحات الحقائب الوزارية أمام البرلمان نهاية يناير الجاري According to Egypt’s prime minister, a cabinet reshuffle is expected to be announced by next week.

قضي الأمر... هزيمة أولى للسيسي  Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court issued its ruling voiding the Tiran and Sanafir demarcation agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia which was signed in Cairo on April 2016.

تيران وصنافير: مجلس الدولة يكسب جولة ضد الدولة  The Supreme Administrative Court’s verdict on Egyptian sovereignty over Tiran and Sanafir went viral on social media, where it was hailed as “historical” amidst calls for the trial of all of those who supported the demarcation deal.

تيران وصنافير واحتمالات التحكيم الدولي  Following the judicial confirmation of Egyptian sovereignty over Tiran and Sanafir, Saudi Arabia is likely to refer the maritime demarcation agreement to international arbitration.

مصر | تيران وصنافير... الصمت السعودي مستمر Saudi Arabia called on the Egyptian authorities to deliver a clarifying statement on the fate of the maritime demarcation agreement.

إرهابيو سيناء..معتقلون صفّاهم الأمن ونسي الشهود Amidst the growing phenomenon of forced disappearances in the Sinai, the Egyptian authorities habitually absolve themselves of any blame for the extrajudicial killing of civilians by labeling them defacto “terrorists.”

البورصة تخسر 19.3 مليار جنيه.. وتراجع جماعي للمؤشرات  Egyptian stock indexes experienced a decline on Thursday that was influenced by the decision to impose taxes on stock market profits starting next July despite assurances by the Ministry of Finance to postpone the tax implementation until 2020.

(برنامج الإصلاح الاقتصادي مع صندوق النقد الدولي (إنفوجرافيك  The International Monetary Fund published documents on the progress of Egypt’s economic reforms in accordance with the twelve billion USD loan agreement.

قرض صندوق النقد: الآن صرنا نعرف In a video briefing aired on Wednesday, the IMF commended the series of economic reforms implemented in Egypt to meet the fund’s conditions in the past three months since a staff-level agreement was reached regarding the loan in November, which include the devaluation of the local currency and the lifting of fuel subsidies.

اعتقل من منزله ثم اختفى ثم عاد جثة: قصة أحد شباب العريش المقتولين كما ترويها أسرته Families in northern Sinai threaten civil disobedience, accusing the Interior Ministry of killing their sons following the issuance of a statement by the Interior Ministry on Friday announcing the killing of ten young men from the area.

 مصر تجدد حبس الزميل محمود حسين 15 يوما Egypt renews the detention of Al Jazeera news producer, Mahmoud Hussein, for fifteen days without stating any charges.

الأمن المصري يعتقل قيادات في الإخوان Nine Muslim Brotherhood members were arrested ahead of the sixth anniversary of the 25 January revolution allegedly due to their plans to “disrupt order and security.”

مصر: حُكمان بعشر سنوات ضد مرشد الإخوان  Egypt’s Military Court sentenced Muslim Brotherhood supreme leader, Mohamed Badie, to ten years prison and gave life sentences to other four other defendants due to their involvement in the “Al-Arish incident.”

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