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An investigative judge in a long-running case targeting non-governmental organizations in Egypt accused of illegally receiving foreign funding announced on Saturday that investigations into twenty NGOs have ended and no criminal cases will be pursued.
Egypt’s Public Prosecution ordered on Thursday evening the release on bail of three staff members of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) weeks after their arrest.
EIPR has been documenting an alarming surge in issuing and executing death penalties in regular criminal cases. Because the criminal justice system’s functioning and infrastructure is Karim’s primary focus, what concerned him the most was the normalization of these executions after a period of over ten years in which the state had been very conservative in carrying them out, even when death sentences were issued.
A court session held on Tuesday to rule on the Public Prosecution’s order to freeze the assets of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights was adjourned to December 6, when the judge will issue his verdict, according to lawyer Ragia Omran, a member of EIPR’s defense team.
EIPR letter to Social Solidarity Minister following Cabinet approval of new NGO regulations last week
EIPR’s lawyers were not notified about the Public Prosecutor’s asset freeze order (No. 110/2020 in Case No. 855/ 2020) that was issued on November 28, and entered into force on November 29, prohibiting the disposal of EIPR funds, and only discovered it by accident.
Egypt’s government has ratified, with immediate effect, the bylaws of the new law concerning non-government organizations (NGOs), Egyptian Cabinet Spokesperson Nader Saad announced Thursday evening.
A Cairo Criminal court sentenced twelve defendants charged with incitement of violence and rioting to prison, including one for seven years, in the 2011 case commonly known as the "cabinet clashes" trial.
The undersigned human rights organizations denounce Ramy’s continued arbitrary detention, in retaliation for his human rights work, locally and internationally, as a defender of Coptic rights in Egypt.
Egypt's public prosecution will temporarily close investigations into the 2016 murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni, whose perpetrator is still unknown, according to a joint statement by the Egyptian and Italian prosecutions released on Monday.
The joint statement lacked a clear narrative or final resolution to the high profile case, which saw at least five security officials implicated in the brutal torture and murder of Regeni. Instead, it presented divergent paths for the contentious nearly five-year-long joint investigation that has seen Italian prosecutors repeatedly accuse Egyptian officials of deliberately trying to mislead the investigation.
After a rush of coronavirus patients overwhelmed Egypt’s healthcare system in the spring, the official number of new COVID-19 cases in the country calmed over the summer. Yet, the decline in new cases was not mirrored in the country’s daily number of deaths. As a result, Egypt’s overall death rate throughout the course of the coronavirus pandemic is the seventh highest in the world.
The South Giza prosecution office issued an order hours ago to release Egyptian model Salma El Shimy and photographer Hossam Mohamed, Youm7 reports. According to local media, bail has been set at 1,000 Egyptian pounds for each of the detainees, who face charges of shooting at the Saqqara Necropolis without a photography permit, Al Ahram reports.
More than five million people cast their vote in the run-off of the first stage of the Egyptian House of Representatives elections held earlier this month, representing 20.01 percent of the electorate, the National Elections Authority (NEA) said.
Following a three-hour debate, Egypt's 300-member Senate finally approved on Sunday the internal bylaws that will regulate its proceedings for the next five years.
The European Court of Justice on Thursday annulled sanctions imposed on the late Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his family members, involving freezing their assets.
Egyptian police arrested on Saturday Sayed Ragab El-Sewerky, the owner of El-Tawheed & El-Nour department stores, for allegedly financing a terrorist group.
An Egyptian prosecutor has ordered the fifteen-day detention of Safwan Sabet, the chairman of the country’s biggest dairy and juice producer Juhayna Food Industries, for joining a terrorist group.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi conveyed to Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday his “full support” for the PA's position on political reconciliation, a statement by the Egyptian presidency read.
Egypt and Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday that they consider the Palestinian cause a central issue for the Arab world and that both countries support an independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi received a phone call from US President Donald Trump on Thursday evening.
Egypt and South Sudan exchanged viewpoints on Cairo’s support to the efforts exerted in implementing peace agreement terms aiming at stability in the country, Egyptian Presidency spokesman Bassam Rady said.
Egypt participated in an online consultative meeting with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan on Thursday to discuss the latest developments in the Syrian crisis, the Egyptian foreign ministry announced.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Bahraini counterpart, Abdullatif Al-Zayani, crtiticised Qatar's interception of two Bahraini vessels last week in Bahraini waters.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry travelled to Riyadh on Tuesday morning to chair the Egyptian-Saudi political consultation committee, along with his Saudi counterpart, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud.
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and King Abdullah II of Jordan discussed on Sunday bilateral relations and the latest regional developments, at the top of which is the situation in Palestine, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement.
Units from the Egyptian and Greek navies have carried out a maritime drill in the Aegean Sea, which is part of efforts by the Egyptian Armed Forces' general command to reinforce the exchange of expertise with the armed forces of friendly countries.
Italy’s Eni announced on Tuesday that it signed agreements with Egypt and Spanish company Naturgy to restart operations at a natural gas plant in the port city of Damietta after resolving long-running disputes.
Egypt expects to receive a 1.6 billion US dollars disbursal from the International Monetary Fund by end-December, Finance Minister Mohamed Maait said on Monday.
Egypt’s current account deficit mushroomed in the April-June quarter to 3.83 billion US dollars from 1.09 billion US dollars a year earlier, according to calculations by Reuters based on central bank figures released on Monday.
Egypt's current account deficit is expected to expand to five percent of GDP in 2020, up from 3.1 percent in 2019, keeping pressure on foreign reserves that stood at 39.2 billion US dollars at the end of August, Fitch Ratings stated.
Egypt’s poverty rate declined to 29.7 percent in FY 2019/2020, down from 32.5 percent two years earlier, according to the poverty, consumption, and income research conducted by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).
Egypt’s Ministry of State for Military Production has developed an integrated plan to develop the country’s system of military manufacture, at a value of 7.3 billion Egyptian pounds.
The Egyptian Cabinet approved on Wednesday a decree from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to allocate two plots of land in which the government will build two information network stations on the Nile River.
Egypt's Minister of Local Development Mahmoud Shaarawy has ordered governors to enforce new closing times for commercial shops “firmly” starting Tuesday, with legal measures to be taken against violators.
Security patrols have been intensified as well as activating all checkpoints on major area. Effective linkage s also in place between all operating and follow-up rooms in various security directorates to monitor election security operations.
Activist Abdel Rahman Moka has begun a hunger strike after renewal of his detention over new charges.
The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights called on Egypt’s Minister of Social Solidarity, Nevine Al-Kabbaj, to approve their demand to change EIPR status from a regular company to a non-profit organization in accordance with the new NGO law.
Activists criticize the recent closing of investigation into twenty NGOs accused of illegally receiving foreign funds.
The article looks into the practice of “rotation” under case No. 855 of 2020, as part of the state’s crackdown on political prisoners.