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Court orders retrial for Qatar, Turkey terrorism cases

Lawsuits argues countries took a “hostile position” against Egypt, supported Muslim Brotherhood

The Alexandria Court for Urgent Matters ordered a retrial in a lawsuit accusing Qatar and Turkey of supporting terrorism on 6 April, state media reported.

The court has also asked the lawyers to present their arguments.

The lawsuit was filed by a leading figure in the pro-government Coalition to Support the Tahya Masr (Long Live Egypt) Fund.

The coalition’s legal advisor, lawyer Tariq Mahmoud, accused Qatar of “supporting terrorism”, by “providing financial, logistical and media support for terrorist leaders in the Arab world”.

The other lawsuit, which was filed against Turkey, has also demanded to designate Turkey as “terrorism supporting state”.

Mahmoud accused Turkey of taking a “hostile position” against Egypt, as it became “a haven for the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood leaders”, under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Egypt’s relations with both Qatar and Turkey have witnessed tensions after the military ouster of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. The two countries have previously called for the return of the “legitimate president of Egypt”, implicitly referencing Morsi.

Tensions have arisen as the Turkish president has reiterated his critical comments on Egypt’s internal situation on different occasions.

Qatar and Turkey are also current hosts of private channels that are vocally opposed the regime of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and the current government.

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