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Former Lawyers’ Syndicate chief denies reports of travel ban

CAIRO: Former Lawyers’ Syndicate Chairman Sameh Ashour denied Wednesday that the Public Prosecutor has imposed a travel ban on him pending an investigation into alleged financial violations committed during his term. “This news is untrue. I have not been prevented from leaving Egypt. Neither was I subject to any investigation whatsoever,” Ashour told Daily News …

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Two Tanta lawyers sentenced to 2 years, 3 months in prison

CAIRO: The Tanta Appeals Court commuted on Sunday the sentence handed down to two Tanta lawyers to two years and three months in prison. The lawyers were earlier handed down a five-year prison sentence for attacking the local prosecutor in Tanta city. Lawyers Ehab Saey El-Din and Moustafa Fatouh were handed the original sentence during …

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Tanta lawyer unable to speak ahead of final re-trial hearing

CAIRO: A lawyer charged with attacking the local prosecutor in Tanta city has reportedly lost the ability to speak about three weeks ago while in custody ahead of his final re-trial hearing on Sunday. “The prison doctor examined my brother [Ehab Saey El Din] when he developed this state about three weeks ago and said …

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Wafd Party President purchases El-Dostor newspaper, says editor

CAIRO: Businessman and El-Wafd Party president El-Sayed El-Badawy has bought daily independent El-Dostor newspaper, editor-in-chief Ibrahim Eissa told Daily News Egypt Tuesday. Even though Eissa declined to mention the value of the deal, sources close to El-Dostor told Daily News Egypt that El-Badawy, also the owner of Al-Hayat satellite TV channels, paid publisher Essam Ismail …

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Five ministers to run in parliamentary elections, says MENA

CAIRO: Five ministers are expected to run in the People’s Assembly elections due to be held in November, the official Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported Sunday. This will be their first time as parliamentary candidates. Minister of Finance Youssef Botrous-Ghali, Minister of Social Solidarity Ali Moselhi and Minister of Military Production Sayed Mesh’al are …

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Doctor referred to criminal court for death of 13-year old FGM victim

CAIRO: The Public Prosecutor referred a physician to the criminal court in Menufiya governorate for the death of a 13-year-old girl during a circumcision procedure, press reports said Friday. Investigations indicated the child bled to death after undergoing the procedure, the reports added. The doctor was taken into custody pending trial. Minister of State for …

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NDP to hold annual conference ahead of PA elections, says party member

CAIRO: The ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) will hold its annual conference ahead of the People’s Assembly (PA) elections, Abdel-Ahad Gamal Eddin, senior party member and head of the majority bloc at the PA, told Daily News Egypt. “At the conference, the NDP will likely put forward its political program [for the coming year] and …

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No decision yet about Brotherhood’s stance on PA polls, says MP

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) will call a meeting within a few days to make a final decision on whether the group will participate in the upcoming People’s Assembly (PA) elections due to be held in November, MP Mohamed El-Beltagy told Daily News Egypt Tuesday. “The group’s consultative council will call a meeting within a …

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President’s intensive public appearances aim to counter rumors, boost trust in government, says analyst

CAIRO: While President Hosni Mubarak’s repeated public appearances attempted to counter rumors about a possible decline in his health, it also aimed to regain citizens’ trust in the government, observers say. Last weekend witnessed what analysts described as the “intensive presence of Mubarak” in the holy month of Ramadan. On Saturday, Mubarak inaugurated the new …

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Prosecutor shelves ‘defamation’ complaint against Nour

CAIRO: Public Prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud shelved Thursday a complaint submitted by 20 members of the Organization for Defending Police and Citizens against Al-Ghad party president Ayman Nour, accusing him of inciting the public “to hate” Gamal Mubarak. The organization members further accused Nour, also the opposition party’s founder, of defamation and attempting to deprive …

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Nahdet Masr journalists end sit-in after promises of a solution

CAIRO: About 35 reporters at daily independent Nahdet Masr newspaper ended a three-day sit-in after a syndicate board member promised to intervene in their current crisis with the administration, journalist Radwan Adam told Daily News Egypt Thursday. The Nahdet Masr journalists started earlier this week a sit-in to protest alleged unpaid and low salaries. “The …

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Pyramid scheme architect El-Rayan released after 22 years in jail

CAIRO: The architect of one of Egypt’s most notorious pyramid schemes was released from prison Tuesday after about 22 years spent behind bars. Businessman Ahmed Abdel-Fatah El-Gabry, known as Ahmed El-Rayan was convicted of fraud in 1989 for a scam involving billions of pounds in the 1980s. Depositors were tempted to invest in his company …

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Editor denies rumors about sale of El-Dostor newspaper

CAIRO: The recent news about a purchase deal of daily independent El-Dostor newspaper is nothing but a rumor, editor-in-chief Ibrahim Eissa told Daily News Egypt Tuesday. “There are no deals underway on selling El-Dostor whatsoever,” Eissa added. Eissa didn’t appear as a guest Monday on independent satellite On TV’s program Manshit as announced, which further …

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Ghad party members to elect new leader Friday

CAIRO: An emergency general assembly meeting will be held Friday morning at the headquarters of Al-Ghad opposition party in downtown Cairo to elect a new president via secret ballot. Party founder Ayman Nour will compete with the party’s high committee member and assistant president Yasser Abdel-Hamid over the post. “We hope that the elections will …

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Editor denies El-Aswany quit Al-Shorouk

CAIRO: Editor-in-Chief of Al-Shorouk El-Gadid Amr Khafagy denied Wednesday recent rumors that prominent novelist Alaa El-Aswany quit writing his weekly column in the independent daily after facing pressure by some officials. “We published a note in the newspaper saying that El-Aswany is on vacation; and he will resume writing when he comes back,” Khafagy told …

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State of farmers deteriorates in 2010, says rights report

CAIRO: The state of Egyptian farmers has deteriorated significantly in 2010, according to a report released Tuesday by the Land Center for Human Rights. “The data and conclusions mentioned in the report have been reached through the farmers’ complaints to the center, field visits by the center lawyers and published news reports,” the center’s director, …

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Ayman Nour to launch anti-Gamal Mubarak campaign

CAIRO: Al-Ghad opposition party will officially launch late on Sunday a campaign to counter another initiated earlier last week by “The Popular Coalition to Support Gamal Mubarak” for the presidency in the 2011 elections. “The campaign, whose activities started last week, is not against Gamal Mubarak as a person. Rather, it is against the idea …

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Pro-Gamal Mubarak campaign draws criticism from opposition

CAIRO: A recent campaign promoting the nomination of Gamal Mubarak — son of incumbent President Hosni Mubarak — for the presidency in 2011 has drawn wide criticism among opposition groups. The campaign was launched earlier this week by a newly-formed group called “The Popular Coalition to Support Gamal Mubarak” led by Magdy El-Kurdy, ironically a …

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Tagammu freezes membership of pro-Gamal Mubarak campaign coordinator

CAIRO: The leftist Tagammu opposition party froze the membership of the coordinator of a group promoting the nomination of Gamal Mubarak — son of incumbent President Mubarak — for the presidency in 2011, party co-founder Fathia El-Assal told Daily News Egypt on Wednesday. “We decided to freeze Magdy El-Kurdi’s membership and [interrogate him] for adopting …

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Egyptian journalists still face laws restricting freedom, says report

CAIRO: Egyptian journalists still encounter laws restricting their freedom of speech and expression, despite considerable progress in allowing a wider margin of freedom, said a recent report. On the other hand, imprisonment in publishing cases remains a deterrent due to unfulfilled promises to cancel this penalty, the report noted. At a press conference held Tuesday, …

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Gamal Mubarak nomination campaign ‘a fiasco,’ says Kefaya leader

CAIRO: A recent campaign to promote the nomination of Gamal Mubarak — son of incumbent President Mubarak — for the presidency in 2011 is nothing but a fiasco, general coordinator of Kefaya Abdel-Halim Qandil told Daily News Egypt on Monday. The campaign was recently launched by a newly-formed group called “The Popular Coalition to Support …

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