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April 6 movement launches new pro-reform campaign

CAIRO: The April 6 Youth Movement has launched a new anti-regime campaign called “Egypt is Our Homeland, Not Theirs,” founding member Asmaa Mahfouz told Daily News Egypt Friday. The campaign targets youth and aims at raising awareness of political rights and explaining the seven demands for political reform initiated by the National Association for Change …

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Lawyer determined to appeal death sentence of double homicide convict

CAIRO: “I am determined to overturn the death sentence against Mahmoud Sayed Essawy,” charged with the murder of two university students in 2008, lawyer Ahmed Gomaa told Daily News Egypt Wednesday. “I am 100 percent sure that the Cassation Court will accept my plea,” Gomaa added. On June 30, the Giza Criminal Court sentenced Essawy …

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Lawyers’ Syndicate ends strike pending court verdict against lawyers

CAIRO: The Lawyers’ Syndicate ended its nationwide strike until a court verdict is announced next month in the case of two lawyers sent to prison for attacking a prosecutor. No escalation measures will be taken until the court pronounces its verdict next month, lawyer Mohamed Abdel-Rahman said Monday. The strike began last month in response …

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Tanta lawyer makes statement at closed session during retrial

CAIRO: A lawyer who was given a prison sentence for attacking a local prosecutor in Tanta, gave a statement at a closed session during his retrial Sunday. Lawyers Ehab Saey El-Din and Moustafa Fatouh were both handed the five-year sentence in the same case. The judge responded to Saey El-Din’s request during the hearing, ordering …

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Atheism accusations result of disputes over personal interests, says editor

CAIRO: Accusations of atheism spring from internal disputes over personal interests, Magdy El-Dakkak, editor-in-chief of state-owned weekly October magazine, said Thursday. A crisis recently erupted within October magazine when 11 journalists filed a complaint before the Public Prosecutor, accusing El-Dakkak of insulting God and the Muslim Prophet Mohamed. “They are a group of people who …

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Lawyers to hold full strike Sunday during colleagues’ re-trial

  CAIRO: Lawyers will hold a full nationwide strike Sunday during the re-trial of Ehab Saey El-Din and Moustafa Fatouh, former syndicate board member Montasser El-Zayat told Daily News Egypt Thursday.   The Lawyers’ Syndicate’s general assembly decided in an advisory meeting Wednesday that lawyers will also hold protests outside all courts and prosecution offices …

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Egypt procrastinates in submitting reports on human rights, says EOHR

CAIRO: The government has always procrastinated in submitting periodic reports on the human rights situation in Egypt before United Nations committees, according to a recent report which claimed that the government only published two such reports between 2000 and 2009. At a press conference held Tuesday, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) released its …

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Lawyers’ Syndicate denies reports of corruption against ex-chairman

CAIRO: Press reports on an official complaint filed against former Lawyers’ Syndicate chairman Sameh Ashour accusing him of allegedly seizing LE 10 million during his term are untrue, board member Mohamed Abdel-Ghaffar said Thursday. Abdel-Ghaffar told Daily News Egypt that on July 1 he had filed a complaint before the Public Prosecutor, not the Public …

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Admin Court calls off deportation of two Darfur refugees, says lawyer

CAIRO: The Cairo Administrative Court has called off orders by the Ministry of Interior to deport two Sudanese refugees from Egypt, lawyer at the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR) Ahmed Hossam said Monday. The ruling, which was announced Sunday, put into force for the first time the 1951 United Nations Convention relating …

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Lawyers end sit-in inside Tanta courthouse

CAIRO: Lawyers have ended their sit-in at the Tanta Courts Complex until further notice from the syndicate board, lawyer Mohamed Suliman told Daily News Egypt Monday. Dozens of lawyers from all over Egypt, especially Tanta city, organized a sit-in Saturday, one day prior to the second appeal hearing of two lawyers charged with attacking the …

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Lawyers to resume strike in Tanta on Saturday

  CAIRO: Dozens of lawyers from all over Egypt will resume on Saturday a strike inside the Tanta Courts Complex in solidarity with two lawyers sentenced to five years in prison for attacking a local prosecutor.   The strike was primarily held Wednesday afternoon at Otour District Court in Gharbeya governorate by dozens of lawyers. …

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Lawyer to seek again to overturn death sentence in double homicide

CAIRO: “I will seek again to overturn the death sentence against Mahmoud Sayed Essawy,” charged with the murder of two university students back in 2008, lawyer Ahmed Gomaa told Daily News Egypt Thursday. Gomaa, representing Essawy, declined to comment on the verdict until he looks into the judge’s conclusions to be released within 30 days. …

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Lawyers hold open strike inside a Gharbia court till July 4

CAIRO: Dozens of lawyers held an open strike Wednesday inside Otour District Court in Gharbia governorate until the appeal session on July 4 of two lawyers sentenced to five years in prison for attacking Tanta city’s local prosecutor. “We decided to hold a strike because justice did not take its course; and other colleagues were …

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Talaat Moustafa lawyers unable to plead case due to syndicate strike

CAIRO: The Lawyers’ Syndicate strike deterred defense lawyers from pleading their case during the latest hearing of Hisham Talaat Moustafa and Mohsen Al-Sukkari’s retrial, Bahaa Eddin Abu Shoaa said Sunday. Abu Shoaa, one of Moustafa’s lawyers, told daily News Egypt, “We found ourselves, as prominent lawyers, caught between obeying the Lawyers’ Syndicate call [to strike] …

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Copts protest Pope Shenouda's rejection of remarriage verdict

* Coptic protestors call for right to remarry outside the Justice Ministry on Thursday. (Daily News Egypt Photo/Marwa Al-A’sar) # ! CAIRO: Dozens of Copts protested Thursday outside the Ministry of Justice headquarters in downtown Cairo against Pope Shenouda III’s refusal to allow Copts to remarry. The protesters called for ending the controversy raised recently …

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Opposition groups, MPs protest alleged forgery of Shoura Council poll results

CAIRO: Dozens of opposition activists and a number of MPs gathered Thursday outside the People’s Assembly headquarters in downtown Cairo to protest against the alleged forgery of the Shoura Council mid-term election results. The protesters were mainly members of the National Association for Change and the Muslim Brotherhood movement. The protest was previously scheduled outside …

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No action taken against 'shoot'em MP' yet, says ANHRI

CAIRO: No legal action has yet been taken against MP Nashaat El-Qassass who called for shooting protesters about two months ago, Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) director Gamal Eid told Daily News Egypt Monday. El-Qassass, a member of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), has been enjoying immunity since then, which emphasizes a …

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Rights activists criticize government reaction to human trafficking report

CAIRO: Human rights activists criticized Thursday the foreign ministry’s rejection of a recent report on human trafficking published by the US Department of State. “We may understand that that government lies but at least it should know how to lie,” Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) Director Gamal Eid told Daily News Egypt. “Refusing …

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Criminal Court refers double homicide defendant to Mufti

CAIRO: Judge Mohamed Abdel-Rehim Ismail, who is residing over the double homicide of two university students last year, on Wednesday referred the man charged in the case to the Grand Mufti of Egypt, reinforcing a previous execution sentence. A special session will be held June 30 to announce the final verdict, but the procedure of …

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