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Crisis between lawyers, judges and prosecutors persists, says lawyer

CAIRO: The current crisis between lawyers, judges and prosecutors will persist for the time being until a resolution is been reached, lawyer Montasser El-Zayat told Daily News Egypt Monday. “If the political leadership does not work on resolving the situation, it will lead to total [chaos],” El-Zayat, a former Lawyers’ Syndicate board member, added. The …

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Activists end strike in Rafah after failing to cross into Gaza

CAIRO: Hundreds of Egyptian activists ended a sit-in along the Rafah border crossing after they were denied entry into the Gaza Strip, activist Omar Abdullah told Daily News Egypt Sunday. About 400 members of opposition groups and professional syndicates and MPs held a strike from Friday evening to Saturday afternoon, protesting the Egyptian authorities’ decision …

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11 activists detained for protesting alleged manslaughter in Alexandria

CAIRO: Eleven activists were arrested for protesting the alleged killing by police of a 28-year-old man in Alexandria, lawyer at El-Nadim Center for the Rehabilitation of Violence Victims Mohamed Abdel-Aziz said Friday. Around 70 activists protested Thursday at 11.30 pm outside Sidi Gaber police station calling for justice for Khalid Saeid, a business owner allegedly …

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Egyptian aid convoy heads to Gaza Friday

CAIRO: An Egyptian aid convoy will head towards Gaza Friday in a bid to lift the Israeli blockade imposed on the Strip for over two years. The convoy, only carrying food supplies, will embark at 9 am from the Lawyers’ Syndicate headquarters in downtown Cairo. The initiative was launched by the Egyptian Committee for Lifting …

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Rights activists criticize ruling against Egyptians married to Israelis

CAIRO: Human rights activists criticized Sunday a court order against Egyptians married to Israeli women. The Supreme Administrative Court upheld Saturday a ruling which orders the Ministry of Interior to propose to Cabinet on a case-by-case basis that Egyptian men married to Israeli women be stripped of their citizenship. Saturday’s decision, which cannot be appealed, …

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Opposition, activists criticize Obama's stance on flotilla raid

CAIRO: A number of opposition groups and activists criticized US President Barack Obama’s stance towards the Israeli raid on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla. In an interview with CNN Thursday evening, Obama did not denounce the attack, only describing it as a “tragic” incident. "I think what’s important right now is that we break out of …

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NDP wins majority of Shoura Council seats

CAIRO: The ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) candidates won a sweeping majority of seats in the Shoura Council mid-term elections, the Supreme Electoral Commission announced in a press conference Thursday. The NDP won 60 of a total of 74 seats, while four went to the opposition Al-Tagammu, Al-Geel, Al-Ghad, and the Nasserist parties, commission Chairman …

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Shoura results due Thursday amid court orders

  CAIRO: Shoura Council results will be announced Thursday amid court orders to call off the mid-term elections in a number of constituencies. The Administrative Court cancelled Tuesday the election in Helwan and Southern Giza constituencies due to violations committed during the electoral process. A day earlier, the Administrative Court ordered the cancellation of the …

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Shoura Council elections start Tuesday

  CAIRO: Polling stations will open Tuesday morning for citizens to cast their votes in the first round of the Shoura Council’s mid-term elections.   Some 446 candidates are vying for 74 seats in Egypt’s Upper House of Parliament; in 55 constituencies across the country. Of these, 115 represent 13 parties and 331 are running …

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Dropping civil suit against Moustafa is useless, says lawyer

CAIRO: Dropping a civil lawsuit against business tycoon Hisham Talaat Moustafa accusing him of inciting the murder of Lebanese singer Suzanne Tamim is irrelevant to the ongoing murder trial, defense lawyer said. “The civil lawsuit waiver is useless and will not alter the course of the main criminal case,” defense lawyer Atef El-Menawy told Daily …

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Two independent newspaper editors to be interrogated

CAIRO: The Cairo prosecution will interrogate the chief editors of two independent newspapers Sunday for publishing the details of an investigation into a major bribery case. The head of State Council had earlier this week filed a complaint before the Public Prosecutor against Al-Masry Al-Youm and Al-Youm Al-Sabe’ newspapers for publishing the transcript of the …

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MB Shoura candidate says police surrounded his house in Sharqeya

CAIRO: The local police has cordoned off the house of Muslim Brotherhood (MB) Shoura candidate Eid Dahroug in Qatawiya village, preventing him from campaigning for his candidacy, Dahroug told Daily News Egypt Thursday. “On Wednesday evening, I found my house surrounded by police informants in civilian outfits … who made me leave and spend the …

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Shoura candidates accuse electoral commission, authorities of violations

CAIRO: A number of Shoura Council election candidates on Tuesday accused security and the Supreme Electoral Commission of committing violations against them and their supporters. In a press conference held at the Lawyers’ Syndicate, several Shoura candidates from the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) cited examples of violations against them as they prepared to run for election, …

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Kefaya freezes ex-general coordinator's membership

CAIRO: The Kefaya Movement for Change froze the membership of its former general coordinator for participating in a conference held in the US, Kefaya co-founder Mohamed El-Ashqar told Daily News Egypt Monday. “George Ishaq took part in the “Alliance of Egyptian Americans” conference held in the US earlier this month without taking permission from the …

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Talaat Moustafa speaks out for the first time during fourth hearing

CAIRO: During the fourth hearing of the murder retrial of construction mogul Hesham Talaat Moustafa Saturday, a Pakistani engineer, whose company installed the surveillance cameras in Burj Al Rimal tower, where Lebanese singer Suzanne Tamim was killed, confirmed in his testimony in court that the time and date of the footage could not be tampered …

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Court sentences Saudi to 10 years in prison for marrying Egyptian minor

CAIRO: A 66-year old Saudi Arabian national was sentenced to 10 years in prison in absentia for marrying an underage Egyptian girl, egynews.net reported Friday. Suliman Abdel-Rahman married a 14-year old girl after a broker and a lawyer facilitated the marriage, the report added. The broker received the same sentence, said the report. “The verdict …

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2009 toughest year for Egyptian workers, say rights groups

CAIRO: Egyptian workers experienced their toughest year in 2009, Adel William, Children of Earth Foundation for Human Rights Executive Director, told Daily News Egypt Thursday. “The pavements outside Cabinet and the People’s Assembly have turned into a venue for workers’ protests,” he added. Released Wednesday by Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights and Children …

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Rights groups denounce foreign minister's complaint against columnist

CAIRO: Human rights groups denounced Wednesday the foreign minister’s complaint before the prosecution against columnist Hamdy Qandil. Press reports said Tuesday that Qandil had already been interrogated by the prosecutor for allegedly insulting and defaming Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit in his column published in the independent Al-Shorouk newspaper. But according to Arabic Network for …

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Lawyers reject proposed amendments to syndicate law

CAIRO: “We will seek all possible means to obstruct a proposed law on amending Lawyers’ Syndicate regulations,” Lawyer at Hisham Mubarak Law Center Ahmed Saif told Daily News Egypt Tuesday. “There are several ways to deal with the situation such as withdrawing confidence from the Syndicate President or holding strikes,” he added. Earlier this month, …

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Journalists' Syndicate, rights groups denounce Kefaya coordinator's detention in Amman

CAIRO: The Journalists’ Syndicate and human rights groups denounced Sunday the detention of journalist and General Coordinator of the Kefaya Movement for Change Abdel-Halim Qandil in Amman. Qandil was reportedly detained by Jordanian authorities Saturday at Queen Alia International Airport upon arrival in Amman. “We highly object to what happened to Qandil in Jordan,” Syndicate …

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UK opens public investigation into Ashraf Marwan's death

CAIRO: British authorities have opened a public investigation into the controversial death of Egyptian businessman Ashraf Marwan, Independent Mehwar satellite TV channel reported Thursday. On June 27, 2007, Marwan, the son-in-law of late President Gamal Abdel-Nasser, allegedly fell to his death from the balcony of his apartment in London, raising questions and speculations of a …

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Emergency Law restrictions not enough, say human rights groups

CAIRO: Changes made to the 29-year old Emergency Law to restrict its application to terrorism and drug-related crimes are not sufficient, rights activist and lawyer Hafez Abu Seada told Daily News Egypt Thursday. “Based on the constitution and international standards, combating crime is not among the reasons for imposing a state of emergency,” EOHR Secretary …

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Helwan residents protest against constituency division

CAIRO: Dozens of Helwan residents protested Wednesday outside the Shoura Council against a Cabinet decision to divide a constituency represented by Member of Parliament Mostafa Bakry. The Cabinet had decided in a meeting Monday to present a draft decree before the Shoura Council (the Upper House of the Parliament) to cancel constituency number 25 and …

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Judge to examine crime scene of double homicide

CAIRO: Judge Mohamed Abdel Rehim Ismail, in charge of the retrial of the murder case of Nadine Khaled and Heba El-Akkad, decided on Tuesday to examine the crime scene himself. The judge will visit the crime scene on Wednesday. Hearings will resume on Thursday. “It’s a procedure a judge can decide on to reevaluate all …

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Weak systems in Arab countries hinder anti-corruption efforts, says TI

CAIRO: Under-developed governance systems in Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Palestine hinder anti-corruption efforts, according to a recent Transparency International (TI) report. TI released Sunday an overview report entitled “The Good Governance Challenge: Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Palestine,” highlighting major gaps in legal anti-corruption provisions as well as concerns over means of introducing effective practices to …

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Admin court examines lawsuit against exam ban of 50 student

CAIRO: The Administrative Court will examine a lawsuit filed against a decision to prohibit about 50 Cairo University students from sitting for their final exams, independent Mehwar Satellite TV Channel reported Thursday. “The students were accused of urging people to offer donations to Palestine, conducting prayers for the souls of the Palestinian martyrs and hanging …

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Prosecution transfers April 6 activist to urgent trial

CAIRO: The prosecution transferred political activist Ahmed Abu Doma to an urgent trial before finalizing all legal procedures, lawyer at Hisham Mubarak Law Center Ahmed Saif told Daily News Egypt on Friday. April 6 member Abu Doma was arrested on May 3 at a protest organized by MPs and activists, demanding an end to emergency …

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