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Egypt: Ministerial Resolution Grants County Chiefs Authority to Arrest and Detain

(Aug. 18, 2015) On August 12, 2015, the Minister of Justice issued a statement announcing that he has granted the county chiefs across Egypt the legal right to arrest and detain individuals suspected of damaging public or private property or violating construction codes. (Press Release, Ministry of Justice, The Minister Grants Right of Judicial Arrest […]

Egypt: Decree Enhancing President’s Powers Challenged Before Constitutional Court

(July 30, 2015) On July 27, 2015, lawyers representing the Egyptian Central Auditing Organization, a government body legally assigned to audit the budget, public funds, and expenses of other government agencies, including the office of the presidency, filed a lawsuit before the Supreme Constitutional Court challenging the constitutionality of a decree issued by President Abdel […]

Egypt: Court Dismisses Petition to Dissolve Religious Party

(July 8, 2015) On July 5, 2015, the Parties Court, which has recently been formed within the Supreme Administrative Court, dismissed a petition to dissolve the Al Nour Party because of its religious basis. (Mahmoud Mostafa, Court Rejects Al Nour Party’s Dissolution, DAILY NEWS (July 5, 2015).) A petition submitted to the Court by one […]

Egypt: Cairo Court of Appeal Sentences Former President Morsi to Death

(June 18, 2015) On June 16, 2015, the Criminal Chamber of the Cairo Court of Appeal found former President Mohamed Morsi guilty of a prison break for escaping from Wadi al-Natron prison on January 28, 2011. (Mahmoud Mourad & Omar Fahmy, Egypt Court Hands Morsi Death Sentence in Blow to Muslim Brotherhood, REUTERS (June 16, […]

Egypt: Court Sentences TV Show Host to Five Years of Imprisonment

(June 4, 2015) On May 31, 2015, an Egyptian court of first instance found television show host Islam El-Beheiry guilty of insulting the religion of Islam under article 98(f) of the Penal Code. Article 98(f) provides that confinement for a period of not less than six months and not exceeding five years or a fine […]

Egypt: State Litigation Authority Rejects Request to Suspend a TV Show

(May 22, 2015) On May 19, 2015, Egypt’s State Litigation Authority rejected a petition submitted by Al Azhar (the main religious institution in Egypt) to suspend a television program. The petition accused the show’s host of deliberately criticizing religious symbols and influencing Muslims to doubt their beliefs. (A Memo of the State Litigation Authority Rejects […]

Egypt: NGOs Protest Decree Defining Terrorist Organizations

(May 5, 2015) On May 1, 2015, non-governmental organizations officially protested Egypt’s presidential decree containing Law No. 8 of 2015, on identifying terrorist organizations. The NGOs claim that under the broad definition in the Law, some NGOs might be targeted as terrorist organizations by the security apparatus. (Jihad Abaza, New Law Preserves ‘Catastrophic Provisions’: Rights […]

Egypt: American Citizen Sentenced to Life Imprisonment for Terrorism-Related Crimes

(Apr. 16, 2015) On April 11, 2015, the Criminal Court of Cairo found an American citizen of Egyptian descent, Mohamed Sultan, guilty of multiple offenses. The Court, headed by Chief Justice Mohamed Nagi Shihata, imposed the penalty of life imprisonment on Sultan after finding him guilty of the following crimes: 1) joining a terrorist organization; […]

Egypt: Disciplinary Board Forces 41 Judges into Retirement for Practicing Politics

(Mar. 25, 2015) On March 14, 2015, Egypt’s Disciplinary Board of Judges issued a decision dismissing 41 judges for their involvement in political activities. During what is known as the “June 30 Revolution,” an uprising in 2013 protesting the rule of Mohamed Morsi, those judges had signed a statement endorsing the former President, who was […]

Egypt: Criminal Court Gives Head of Muslim Brotherhood a Death Sentence

(Mar. 19, 2015) On March 16, 2015, the Criminal Court of Cairo handed down a death sentence to Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie. Badie was found guilty of murder, attempted murder, and inciting violence. The court also sentenced 13 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood organization to death. The court had referred the case to […]